14 Oct '15, 4pm

Perspectives On Price Risk Management: What Coffee Farming Could Look Like

: Well, the two farms are San Vicente, in Matagalpa and Isabela in Jinotega. They are organized like a small business. We have structures, policies in place, it’s pretty well organized. We’ve had the farms in the family since 1997, but we didn’t start hedging until I came back before the 2008/2009 harvest. At this time, coffee was slowly coming back from a serious price crisis and prices started to spike up. I took a decision and bought options. I had to convince the board that this was a fixed cost and something that needed to be budgeted every year for the business. In the 2010/11 harvest, the price was already pretty high and we hedged against the price going back down and didn’t get to participate in all of the upside when the price kept climbing and climbing. We felt bad, but we knew we could plan for the next coming years and used the price spike to fix our coffee fo...

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