The circular economy starts with a cup of coffee.

explaining price break downs

democratic republic of congo


The island of Idjwi

On the island of Idjwi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the heart of Africa, coffee is grown to establish peace. This might sound like an exaggeration, but in this volatile area, handing out coffee plants to ex-combatants of the local militia provides a stable economic future. Connecting these coffee farmers to the end-market gives them the stability to let the weapons rest and become farmers of excellent high quality coffee instead.


the price breakdown

The coffee farmers receive €4,18 per kg of green coffee, which is the equivalent of $2,15 per lb. Taking the international coffee market price into account, our farm prices lie 200% higher.

These higher prices are paid for the extra effort that is being put in the processing efforts of the coffees, which increase stability of the quality. As a result of this stability, more and more buyers are inclined to keep buying on a long term, improving the region’s peace.

The mill and exporting costs of CPNCK, the farmer cooperative, go at €2,39 per kg. On top of this, the Circular Coffee Collective pays €1,00 per kg to assist in the circular investments of the farmers and cooperative. This money gets forwarded on an annual basis through the Circular Coffee Fund.

For clearance, pre-financing and other warehousing and logistical costs of importing firm This Side Up, €2,78 is paid.

Roasting and packaging the coffee requires high investments, next to Western wages and including a roasting loss of around 20% per kg due to evaporation. These services and craftsmanship require €6,50.

For handling, coordination, billing and implementing the circular projects, the Circular Coffee Collective charges €3,60 per kg as a remuneration.

Sending the coffee to your office or other facility goes at an average cost of €1,00 per kg, bringing the total investment of this Congolese success story to €21,45 per kg.


€21,45 per kg of roasted Congolese coffee

prices are in absolute numbers, and not adjusted to relative local living costs