The word “coffee” is believed to come from Kaffe, Ethiopia, where coffee originated in the 9th century. Coffee was not originally well-received, and at one time was even banned in Turkey and Egypt. The demand for coffee gradually increased, however, and it is now one of the most popular beverages in the world.
Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer and exporter, while the U.S. is the world’s largest consumer and importer.
A coffee tree will yield an amount of coffee beans to fill a one-pound can of ground coffee during each growing season.
It takes 3 to 5 years after planting a coffee tree before it can produce marketable coffee beans.
The world's largest producers of coffee are Brazil, Vietnam, Columbia and Indonesia.
Brazil and Columbia mainly produce Arabica coffee. Vietnam produces Robusta coffee, which is considered to be lower quality than Arabica.
Arabica is the type of coffee traded at ICE Futures US(ICE).
The world typically produces about 120 million, 60 kilo bags of coffee per year.
The United States is the largest importer of coffee.
The world typically consumes about 120 million, 60 kilo bags of coffee per year.
Kraft, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, and Sara Lee are the "Big 4" roaster companies that buy about 50 percent of all the annual production of coffee.
Coffee Futures Trading Tips :
Coffee futures are prone to rallies during the summer months (Southern Hemisphere) in Brazil due to freezes or the threat of freezes. They average a freeze about every 5 years
Coffee futures have remained relatively stable since the late 1990s. Commodities will typically make a large move after a long period of calm prices.
I prefer to sell (write) coffee options due to the high premiums they typically have. It is a good alternative to trading coffee futures contracts. There is virtually unlimited risk in this strategy, so be careful.
Buying out of the money coffee options rarely seems to work.
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