Welcome to the SCTA (Swiss Coffee Trade Association) website.
Green coffee is being produced in more than 60 countries around the tropical/subtropical belt of the world and is one of the most important agricultural commodities traded globally.
Switzerland is one the largest trading places for green coffee. The 40 plus active members of the SCTA represent a volume of more than 50 % of global coffee exports. The members are mainly Swiss based trading and industry companies. The association is also open to non-Swiss based companies being actively engaged in coffee trading, processing/roasting, but also as a service provider to our industry like warehouse keepers, financial institutions and insurance companies. We always welcome new members.
The SCTA is representing the interests of the green coffee merchants in Switzerland, but is also globally and nationally well connected to other associations and institutions. Most of the SCTA members are internationally operating companies, but some are also smaller companies focused on supplying the Swiss market.
The SCTA is helping its members to address regulatory and legislative questions. The association endorsed the UN Guiding Principles for Human Rights in 2018 and encourages its members to implement those. You will also find the code of conduct of the SCTA on our website.
You can direct any questions or feedback to our secretary general Michael von Luehrte at email@example.com.
Nicolas A. Tamari
The SCTA is the representation of the green coffee trade coordinating trade related activities with key stakeholders
The SCTA acts as a platform to encourage best practices in the areas of human rights and sustainability and helps to roll out programs to its members
The SCTA is the organizer of the Swiss Coffee Forum and Dinner as a get together for the global coffee industry
The SCTA develops young talents through the next gen initiative
Coffee producing countries usually sell their crops just after harvesting. Coffee traders will buy coffee from producing countries when they are selling, handle it up to consuming countries and delivers it to roasters around the world all year long. We serve as a bridge between our supplier’s needs and our client’s needs. There are 2 major varieties of coffee that are grown throughout the world today : Arabica (about 65%) and Robusta (the remaining 35%) The aromatic coffee bean that we all know and enjoy is in fact, the seed of the coffee tree. It is commonly named green coffee because of its colour. There are many steps involved from collecting this green seeds up to the final cup of coffee. As coffee merchants we source green coffee beans for the industry and manage the following risks along the supply chain :
coffee futures price fluctuation, Forex, price fixations from supplier’s & clients.
impacts of the climate over coffee crops, political & economical crisis or armed conflicts
contractual defaults from supplier or customer, bankrupcy, delays.
crop issues, quality discrepancy, cupping.
is usually done by 20’ containers. Risks that trader will try to minimize among others are delays, damages, freight fluctuation, strikes.
treasury, cost of credit, bankrupcy or default, forex.