Examining sustainability risks in Indonesia-UK coffee supply chains

The global coffee industry faces a number of sustainability risks from price volatility, and supply of labour to climate change and changing prevalence of pests and disease. The challenges it faces are complex, with adjustments to supply chains shaped by a variety of factors.

Indonesia is one of the largest coffee producers in the world, producing around 12 million bags (60kg) of coffee in 2018/2019, behind only Brazil (53 million), Vietnam (28 million) and Ethiopia (7 million) (ICO, 2019). For the UK, Indonesia represents an important market to source green coffee, it is the third largest supplier (15%) behind only Vietnam (22%) and Brazil (21%) (CBI, 2019).

Therefore, the sustainability risks that affect the Indonesian coffee industry are important for the future sustainability of the coffee industry in the UK too.

At Coventry University we are embarking on a new project that explores sustainability risks in the coffee supply chain between Indonesia and the UK, with a particular interest on the risks around sourcing of green coffee beans. The project is designed to generate discussions amongst key stakeholders, including industry and policymakers, about sustainability risks that are crucial for the future of the Indonesia-UK.

The research will take place in three stages:

  1. A survey will be undertaken with stakeholders in the coffee industry in the UK who have any interaction or interest in the Indonesia-UK coffee supply chain. The results of the survey will be analysed to produce a document which outlines key sustainability risks for the Indonesia-UK coffee supply chain. To complete the survey as part of the first stage please use the following link: https://coventry.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/indonesia-uk-coffee-supply-chain-risks  
  2. A workshop will take place with stakeholders in the coffee industry in Indonesia in order to generate responses on the perceived sustainability risks identified by UK stakeholders.
  3. The Indonesian responses and discussions will then be assessed in a further workshop with UK stakeholders.

The research has been designed to facilitate discussions between key stakeholders in both the UK and Indonesia to enhance understanding of sustainability risks in the Indonesia-UK coffee supply chain, and begin to explore how some of these may be addressed.

If you are interested in sharing your views and experiences on these issues and would be able to complete the survey, please use the following link: https://coventry.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/indonesia-uk-coffee-supply-chain-risks 

  • The research team at Coventry University: Prof. Benny Tjahjono, Dr Jennifer Ferreira and Jordon Lazell.
  • For more information about the project please contact Dr Jennifer Ferreira: Jennifer.Ferreira@coventry.ac.uk


CBI (2019) Exporting Coffee to the United Kingdom. CBI Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Available at: https://www.cbi.eu/node/2056/pdf

ICO (2019) International Coffee Development Report. London: International Coffee Organisation. Available at: https://www.internationalcoffeecouncil.org/media/coffeeDevelopmentReport.pdf

This entry was posted in circular economy, coffee culture, Coffee Growing, Coffee industry, Economic Impact, Indonesia, research, Specialty Coffee, Sustainability and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.