Coffee Tracker: Transparency in effect

Track your coffee from our roaster back to the farmer cooperative!

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At JCC we are big promoters of transparency in business practices. We carry B Corp certification so that you have the assurance from a credible third party that we do things the right way. But if you want to know more, we give you the opportunity to track your coffee from our roaster back to the farmer cooperative it came from. Here is a primer on how to do this and what the different documents mean.

Find Your Data and Organic Control Code

At the bottom of your bag you will find two sets of numbers:
1) [XX/XX/XX] indicates the expiration date of your coffee – 6 months from the date it was packaged.
2) [XXXX] this is your organic control code that allows you to use the directions below to look up roast date and contracts related to the coffee in your bag.  If your coffee of choice is a blend, it will have multiple organic control codes if the blend is a post-roast blend.


Using your computer’s search tool (Ctrl+F for PC – Command+F for Macs) type in the 4 digit organic control code (located on the bottom of your bag of Just Coffee beans).

What you see, from left to right is:

  • Organic control code number
  • Date of roasting
  • The importer’s designation
  • The green-lot number
  • The price-per-pound paid to the grower cooperative and the link to the contract under which the green coffee was purchased.

Occasionally we are missing a piece of information or it takes us a little time to post. If you cannot find a contract or other document, please let us know and we will do our best to fix the issue.

Document explanation in order of appearance:

  • Contract— This is the actual contract that we (Just Coffee and Cooperative Coffees) sign with the farmer cooperative. Cooperative Coffees is the importing cooperative that we are members and co-owners of– it is how we bring coffee into the U.S. and on to Madison. In this document you will find: name and address of the farmer co-op, final per pound price we paid, how many sacks we bought, organic and other certifications, port the coffee left from, and even humidity level and screen size of the beans. This is often in Spanish, so get your Google Translate ready if you do not habla espanol!
  • Invoice from Farmer Co-op-– This is the total number of pounds multiplied by the price per pound. It is the actual bill the farmer co-op sends us.
  • Shipping Bill Of Lading-– This is the document that declares what is being shipped, where it is going, and any handling instructions.
  • Organic Transaction Certificate— This comes from the farmer cooperative and serves as proof to us and our organic certifiers that the coffee was farmed organically.
Don’t see your coffee’s contract? We’re still working to receive images from all of our suppliers, but it’s not common practice in the industry (yet). We hope to have the problem resolved soon!


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