This free course, The value of coffee, has examined the economic and cultural value of coffee for both producers (farmers) and consumers. You have learnt that the price of a cup of coffee is shaped by number of factors and processes which influence the uneven distribution of value between coffee-producing and coffee-consuming regions in the world. The value of coffee is shaped through the interactions between four key economic processes:
- consumption – how and why people drink coffee
- production – how and why people grow coffee
- exchange – how ownership of coffee is negotiated
- distribution – the movement of coffee across space and over time.
In this course, you have considered all of these processes to some extent but you have concentrated primarily on consumption. To learn more about the other processes and their impact on the value of coffee, why not sign up to study DD103from which this extract has been developed.