• QA 214
    What is the average cost of the coffee certification process?
    What is the average cost of the coffee certification process?
    Asked by:
    Researcher - Peru

    We cannot offer a precise reply because

    1. There are eight recognised certification processes and one verification process, each with different standards and requirements, with costs ranging from very little to quite substantial *;

    2. Certification costs are heavily influenced by the type of farming operation that is practised and local, in-country conditions;

    3. Results (net income less costs, compared to the conventional basis) are extremely variable and as yet little formal analysis of actual results exists **;

    Potential sources of information, other than the study mentioned below and the different schemes themselves, include www.cims-la.com in Costa Rica and of course www.juntadelcafe.org.pe in your own country, Peru.

    *   See topic 03.07.02 of The Coffee Guide for a comparative overview of the 5 most important processes - others are Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices; Nespresso AAA Practices; Biodynamic and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

    **  Visit http://www.dgiovannucci.net/publications.htm and look for 'Seeking Sustainability; COSA Preliminary Analysis of Sustainability Initiatives in the Coffee Sector', published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD - www.iisd.org)

    Posted 10 March 2009

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