This article contributes to the debate on commodity price transmission and offers an alternative perspective of price formation, transmission and the producer price experience in low-income countries. By investigating the case study of coffee chains, originating in Tanzania the paper demonstrates how the joint forces of global financialisation and domestic liberalisation in producing countries have acted to reorganize coffee chains into structures in which certain chain actors have become increasingly vulnerable to violent price swings while others have managed to remain relatively cushioned from such movements.