Middlemen, and especially roasters, capture nearly all of the profit after the crop leaves the farm. It’s a stunningly disproportionate reward compared to the amount of time, labor, and know-how farmers put into their product.
A quote from Forbes about coffee farmers. But doesn't it apply equally to most writers and artists? Sure, we all sit on our arses all day, having never worked the fields a day in our lives, unless we enjoy pursuits such as gardening, our increasingly sendentary lives undermining any political stance we might have that could be regarded as seditious.
Actually, I can't be bothered articulating this point any further. It all amounts to a hill of beans.