Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages and is considered among the globe’s most important of the commodities that are traded internationally. Today, the prime market for trading coffee, cocoa and sugar futures and options is the CSCE at the Commodity Exchange Center in New York. It has been in operation since 1993. As an exchange, the CSCE is not responsible for the price coffee trades are set. However, what it does is supply a free-market and tangible venue wherein traders are able to make options and futures transactions under the laws and regulations stipulated by the Exchange.
All of the options and futures traded under the CSCE are uniform and that grade, delivery times, locations and quantities are constant factors. The only item that is negotiable is price. With the environment espoused by the exchange, coffee prices and the prices of other participating commodities are allowed to hit their natural levels — a move that is often referred to as ‘price discovery’.