Bean Around the World

Bean around the world is an engaging trading activity that has teams competing against one another to see who comes out top. Teams take dual roles – starting as coffee traders in providing the supply chain from producer to outlet and finally to the ever-fickle consumer. They make money by buying coffee from the suppliers, trading with the other syndicates, and then selling coffee blends to the customer at a profit. The trading floor is always full of noise as teams shout over one another and try to get the best deal for their team.

Beyond being a fun and competitive activity Bean Around the World focuses on issues such as short-term success versus long-term strategy, risk management, and win-win negotiation. This experiential business game has been carefully constructed to break down any existing silo mentalities and ensure collaboration between teams working to a common goal. Participants experience changing market forces, build supply chains, and develop their understanding of customer requirements. It highlights the importance of information gathering, adaptive behavior, and understanding markets and commodity values.

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