Colombia aims for cartel of coffee producer nations
International coffee prices, which fail to meet the costs of producers in some cases, caused controversy at the congress of Anacafé, the association of Guatemalan growers.
One of the guests at the event, Roberto Vélez Vallejo, leader of the Colombian producers, proposed an international cartel of coffee-producing nations to counter the current dominance of commercial chains.
A change is needed, said Vélez. "It's not fair that customers in consumer nations pay $3.50 for a cup but the grower who produced the coffee receives on less than five cents."