By Nicola Carslaw
BBC consumer affairs correspondent in Matagalpa, Nicaragua
However much you are prepared to pay for a cup of coffee, the growers just get paid a pittance.
Coffee is a commodity crop - the second biggest after crude oil - and due partly to over-supply world coffee prices have reached record lows in the past few months.
In Nicaragua, growers are having to abandon their farms.
Now, the United Nations World Food Programme says one-in-eight children is starving.