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What’s a Cup Worth?: A Hedonic Analysis of U.S. Retail Coffees Prices


  • Hoehn, John P.


The marginal retail value of coffee attributes are estimated for the U.S. marketHedonic implicit prices identify the marginal market values of alternative products and market strategies. Results indicate that Estate and Fair Trade designations detract, rather than add, value to coffees sold in U.S. retail markets. Organic certification offers no net value-added relative to natural production. Market premiums for origin labeling are limited to coffee exporting areas with long-standing reputations for high quality coffee. There are positive and economically significant rewards to flavor characteristics, roast type and recent innovations in single-serve packaging. Overall, the greatest value opportunity for coffee supplier is in the cup, not in ancillary, non-flavor characteristics.

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  • Hoehn, John P., 2015. "What’s a Cup Worth?: A Hedonic Analysis of U.S. Retail Coffees Prices," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 204904, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea15:204904
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.204904

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