This question is one of the most frequently asked questions – What is the reason that the price of Nepali coffee seems expensive in comparison to that of similar coffee from other coffee-producing nations?
<The expression below is my own personal view and may not be generalized for Nepal coffee>
I would like to share with you a bit about the Nepalese coffee price structure and the reason why it seems expensive in a similar category. The price we are paying to the farmer/grower is US$ 0.85 per kg for fresh cherry without floating/sorting – Ratio = Freshcherry 4Kg: 1kg Parchment:400g green beans (AA grade). Now, you add local transportation of parchment from the village to our mill+hulling/grading+hand-sorting of green beans+packing and margin. I can understand that our price surprises our importer but realize that Nepalese farmers are getting one of the highest-paid for coffee plus we have no choice but to use 100% handwork. Local carriage/man transport coffee from the pulping center to the vehicle accessible road is sometimes 4 hours of a hill walk. Now imagine how things are working in Nepal. Here is an example of our Dutch buyer selling our green coffee
Being a Nepalese coffee farmer and having worked with 20+ producer countries, I realize that the cost of coffee is often not based on its quality, but on the difficulty in producing, processing, and transporting it.
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