Top of the World Coffee Adheres to Fair and Ethical Business Practises

Why Does the Price of Nepali Coffee Continue to Defy Logic?

"Don't shoot yourself in the foot" the old adage states.

The graph on the right shows recent coffee prices - both world-wide and also in Nepal.  Why the "disconnect?"

1. "Seller's Market" - the current local coffee situation is one in which demand significantly outstrips supply.

2. "Time Lag" Between Demand & Production - with coffee prices currently "high," a considerable investment is being made in more planting.  Remember, however, that it requires roughly 5 years from the time a coffee bush is planted until in comes into "full production."

3. "Skewed Export Market" - small quantities of coffee are being exported for significantly-high prices.  As all farmers strive toward this unsustainable level, it artificially drives the price of local coffee high.

US$ 5.75/kg - Current FOB Green-Hulled Price for world-class South Indian coffee (scoring SCAA=82).

US$ 8.50/kg - Current FOB Green-Hulled Price of quite-ordinary Nepali coffee (scoring SCAA=78).


Our Company Guiding Principles include the mandate of supporting Nepali coffee. As you can see, however, (being a business and not a charity) this is not easy under the current run-away market situation.  Remember: the "price bubble" must ultimately "break."

ICO Pricing



For more information please consult:




Posted: 2833 days ago (Top of the World) More