Two announcements made in the past week carry significant interest for us here at Royal Coffee: the Ethiopian Coffee Exporter’s Association annual report, and the Good Food Awards Finalist list.

According to ECEA’s official figures, Royal paid the highest average FOB price for Ethiopian coffee from the 2015/16 season of any company, anywhere in the world. This comes while also being amongst the largest buyers by pure volume. Our neighbors on this list are some of the world’s biggest coffee companies, and we promise we are the only ones on here not buying a single bag of Djimmah 5, or any other commercial grades for that matter.

No Buyer Name Tons USD,000 Price USD/Ton Volume share Value share
1 Royal Coffee, Inc. 3,812.10 26299.93 6899.06613 3.20% 5.85%
2 Falcon Coffees Limited 2,386.02 15096.38 6327.01319 2.00% 3.36%
3 Trabocca B.V. 2,811.24 17327.71 6163.7249 2.36% 3.85%
4 Schluter S.A. 2,125.80 12905.17 6070.73572 1.78% 2.87%
5 IllyCaffè S.p.A. 2,553.60 14826.24 5806.01504 2.14% 3.30%
6 InterAmerican Coffee Inc. 1,899.00 10972.88 5,778.24 1.59% 2.44%
7 Walter Maftter Sa 3,385.65 15236.25 4,500.24 2.84% 3.39%
8 Efico GMBH Tornescher Weg 3,655.50 15711.4 4,298.02 3.07% 3.50%
9 Volcafe Limited 20,418.26 79012.61 3,869.70 17.14% 17.58%
10 Equatorial Traders Limited 8,910.06 33151.54 3,720.69 7.48% 7.37%
11 Al Kaher Trading Office Co. Ltd 8,586.00 30831.58 3,590.91 7.21% 6.86%
12 Hamburg Coffee Company 5,680.20 20118.21 3,541.81 4.77% 4.48%
13 Bernhard Rothfos Gmbh 10464 36198.78 3,459.36 8.78% 8.05%
14 Ecom Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd Av 4,076.40 12772.79 3,133.35 3.42% 2.84%
15 Mitsui & Co. Ltd 10471.8 32068.22 3,062.34 8.79% 7.13%
16 Marubeni 3,837.00 11579.44 3017.83685 3.22% 2.58%
17 Salem Bin Mahfood Trading Est 4,109.40 12254.37 2,982.03 3.45% 2.73%
18 Koninklijke Douwe Egberts 4,358.40 11919.74 2,734.89 3.66% 2.65%
19 Al Mustaneer Trading Est 8,820.00 24063.64 2,728.30 7.40% 5.35%
20 Socadec S.A Route 6,797.60 17166.99 2,525.45 5.70% 3.82%
  Total of top 20 119158.03 449513.87 3,772.42 100.00% 100.00%
  Total export 198,621.75 722,425.76 3,637.19 59.99% 62.22%

Ranked based on the price per ton of coffee purchased. Source: Ethiopian Coffee Exporter’s Association Annual Report

It is deeply satisfying for us be known as the premier importer from the world’s premier origin. Given the recent Good Food Awards announcement, it is clear that the prices we pay and the investments we make are paying off. For anyone familiar with this competition, you know it is almost always dominated by the Birthplace of Coffee. Try as they might to widen the field, this year’s judging panel once again awarded 18 of the top 25 slots to roasters using Ethiopian Coffees.

Of those 18, fully half were sourced by Royal Coffee.

Congratulations to this year’s Good Food Award Finalists & Winners
Winners in Gold

Roaster Coffee Origin Coffee Name Roaster State
Anchorhead Coffee Guat Hueheutenango – Codech WA
Bard Coffee Ethiopia Hambela Estate ME
BeanFruit Coffee Company Ethiopia Adame Gorbota Cooperative MS
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Panama Haciena La Esmeralda Noria Lot CA
Case Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Hunkute OR
Craft & Mason Roasting Co. Ethiopia Hunkute MI
Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea Ethiopia Kossa Kebena OH
Equator Coffee & Teas Panama Emeralda Mario – Camaval CA
Giv Coffee Panama Boquete – Kotowa Geisha Natural CT
Higher Grounds Trading Co Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Idido MI
Intelligentsia Coffee Ethiopia Kurimi – Angelino Profile CA
Intelligentsia Coffee Ethiopia Kurimi – Chicago Profile IL
Kickapoo Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Organic Yirgacheffe Charbanta Natural Process WI
Klatch Coffee Ethiopia FTO Gedeb CA
La Colombe Coffee Roasters Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Gesiha PA
Lineage Roasting Kenya Kagumoini (Kamacharia Coop) FL
Lineage Roasting Ethiopia Bokasso FL
Mr. Espresso Ethiopia FTO Worka Natural CA
Noble Coffee Roasting Ethiopia Adisu Kidane OR
Noble Coffee Roasting Ethiopia Shilcho OR
Novel Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Bokasso TX
Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. Ethiopia Konga WA
Onyx Coffee Lab Ethiopia Hambela Buku AR
OQ Coffee Co. Ethiopia Kanyon Mountain Farm NJ
Red Rooster Coffee Roaster Ethiopia Washed Hambela VA
Speckled Ax Wood Roasted Coffee Ethiopia Bekele Dukale ME
Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co. Ethiopia Kyon Mountain MN

This is an accomplishment of which we are incredibly proud. Exceptional green coffees deserve to be roasted with the precision and skill that these companies have displayed, and we are thrilled to have played a role in bringing these coffees to market. Royal has a commitment to our suppliers to pay the best possible prices, and to our customers to deliver outstanding quality, and we are managing to excel at both.