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The Coffee Exporter’s Guide

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This publication is the world’s most extensive, hands-on and neutral source of information on international trade of coffee. It covers trade issues relevant to coffee growers, traders, exporters, transportation companies, certifiers, associations, authorities and others in coffee-producing countries. This third edition marks the 20th anniversary of this popular guide. It includes new material on climate change, the role of women in the coffee sector and comparison of sustainability schemes.

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Hedging and other operations

Coffee prices are inherently unstable. Irrespective of whether one is a producer, exporter, importer or roaster one must have a strategy to manage price volatility. For operators using borrowed funds most banks will insist upon a solid risk management strategy. Most of these strategies are designed using coffee futures and options to offset the price risk inherent with holding coffee inventories, or commitments to deliver coffee. Hedging can sometimes also be done by offsetting a sale of one type of physical coffee with the purchase of another type of coffee. This type of hedging is very dif?? cult as the physical coffee market is not as liquid as coffee futures and it may be dif?? cult to ?? nd a buyer at short notice for that particular coffee.

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