The coronavirus is now officially an epidemic impacting supply chains and major import/export operations.
The United States has now halted travel from Europe to the US in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. During the opening weeks of the outbreak, there were major concerns about the effect on supply chains that start or go through China. Coffee production, importation, and transportation accounts for 1/2 of the GDP of tropical nations which actively have shipping routes with China. There have been many factory shutdowns and disruptions have been felt all over the supply chain during Q1. Trucking capacity to transport goods from factories to ports is around 60-80% normal capacity, with goods facing delays of around 8-10 days on their journey to ports.
It’s now been around 10 weeks since China first reported the virus outbreak to the World Health Organization. More than 8 weeks ago our Master Roaster Jack Ranstrom contacted our suppliers around the world, partners we’ve been working with for almost 30 years as Austin’s first in-house roaster. That quick thinking resulted in the delivery of a supply of green beans from ports around the world. We have received our shipments and now have supplies in house for our roasting fulfillment and customer coffee subscription needs for the next 4 months.
Because of this quick, proactive thinking by Jack, working with our growing partners and coffee estates around the world, today Mozart’s is assured of its continuous supply to customers across Austin, Texas and cities around the US, dependent on us for their daily cup.
This smart decisioning allows us to roast, fulfill and ship our customer favorites like Mozart’s Blend, Lake Austin Blend, Vecchi Amici, El Gato Negro and our NEW 4th Wave Blend to all our customers. We also have secured specialty fair-trade origin coffees from around the world like Sumatra, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Columbia, Brazil, India, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, and Nicaragua.
We thank our suppliers, farmers, growers, importers and estate partners, who have worked alongside us now for close to 3 decades, for going out of their way to ensure Mozart’s will have an uninterrupted supply of the very best coffees, allowing us to fulfill our customers far and wide. To take on the immediate demand we are seeing, Mozart’s is adding Amazon PRIME delivery options together with its own web e-commerce fulfillment. Roasting operations are NOT impacted by restaurant and cafe limitations. Deliveries are made through Fedex and Amazon.