Untraceable vs. Traceable Coffee Beans
As a cafe owner, quality and customer happiness is non-negotiable. This means opting for coffee that represents your cafe best (both in taste and advocacy). And nothing beats knowing your coffee beans from farm to cup: starting from sourcing high-quality beans free from impurities (like small pebbles and twigs) from trusty roasters who trade fairly with coffee producers.
However, if you can't track the origin of the beans you're using and they have an unclear supply chain, then your coffee is untraceable. This happens when coffee beans are mixed from different farms or countries, compromising their quality. There's also a lack of documentation about how the coffee was grown and processed, lacking transparency.
Contrastingly, traceable coffee means you can track beans from the farm they grew to their journey before being handed to you. It has a record of details about the coffee, like its country and region of origin, altitude, variety, date of harvest, and so on.
And there has been a significant shift of focus on it over the years, even in cafes.
Why is coffee traceability important to cafes?
1. Reliable coffee quality and consistency
By knowing the origin and quality of the beans, cafe owners can be confident that their coffee tastes good and is consistent flavor-wise. In addition, traceability builds trust with customers, who are becoming more curious about where their coffee comes from.
On the other hand, using untraceable coffee would be tough to manage because you wouldn't know if they are high quality or free from defects.
A 1kg bag of Curve Coffee Collaborators’ traceable coffee is more cost-effective since you can use it to the last bean versus 1kg of untraceable coffee with around 150-200g of stones, sticks, and other foreign matter (which could be why your grinder's giving in!)
2. Better inventory management
Traceability allows cafe owners to track the freshness of the coffee beans. They can even time and use them at the peak of their flavor. This prevents them from wasting beans and only serve the best to their customers.
Also, you can better forecast the need to order a new batch and avoid waste. This saves money in the long run and lets you secure fresh coffee beans.
Additionally, using traceable coffee can help you build relationships with suppliers and farmers. This leads to better pricing, a more reliable supply chain, and a more sustainable cafe business.
3. Meaningful business for a bigger purpose
We are a generation of conscious consumers. People are willing to pay a premium for sustainable and ethical products. Many consumers proudly support businesses that align with their values. Ergo, using traceable coffee shows your commitment to sustainability, ethical sourcing practices, and support for coffee farmers.
At Curve Coffee Collaborators, we believe that traceable coffee means recognizing its producers and its story of becoming quality coffee that our end consumers know and love. We are advocating tirelessly for traceable, sustainable, and quality coffee that we know everyone from the coffee value chain would benefit from.
Our partnership with cafe owners helps them be more mindful and connected with the rest of the supply chain. Our team believes that knowing where your coffee comes from becomes more meaningful as you carry its history and serve it to your customers one cup at a time.
Learn more about our partnerships and initiatives with local coffee farmers by following us on our official Facebook and Instagram pages.