The Coffee industry is one of the largest traded commodities in the world and is estimated to employ between 125 million and 800 million people worldwide.
The estimate of 125 million jobs is published by an IISD Global Coffee Market report on 2017 data.
Other sources estimate 125 million individual families are involved in growing coffee, but when you include all the workers, seasonal labor, and related jobs like importing, exporting, distribution, production, retail, and everything else, they estimate the coffee industry employs between 600 million and 800 million people worldwide. Just in the retail sector for example, leading giants like Starbucks employ more than 400k people!
The bottom line is that coffee is a global effort,
and many people are involved. The exact numbers are still debated, but we know it’s a large number in the hundreds of millions.
Not only does the coffee industry employ millions of people around the world, but since it’s a commodity that’s globally admired by consumers, it encourages trade between competing countries that otherwise have shaky relations, and
coffee becomes a method of communication and collaboration
that brings us all together for something greater than our differences.
Foxen Coffee is just a tiny cog in a giant machine, but we’re proud to be a part of something that’s enjoyed by so many in all walks of life around the world.
Nicolas Milone, Co-Founder, Foxen Coffee