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  • QA 076
    Question:
    Where can we find statistical information on coffee consumption for specific countries?
    Background:
    We are looking for statistics on coffee consumption from 2000 to 2005. Additionally, could you tell us what are the expectations for consumption of coffee for the years 2005 through 2010 in the USA, Japan, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland?
    Asked by:
    Importer - Germany
     
    Answer:

    Statistical import and consumption data are relatively easy to obtain, please see the last paragraph below for relevant websites that can provide information for your research. However, below you will find a summary overview below based on ECF and ICO data.

    Year 

    Austria 

    (imports) 

    Kg. Per capita 

    Germany 

    (imports) 

    Kg. Per capita 

    Switzerland 

    (imports) 

    Kg. Per Capita 

    Japan 

    (imports) 

    Kg. Per capita 

    USA 

    (imports) 

    Kg. Per Capita 

    2000

    49,400

    6.6

    791,600

    6.7

    66,600

    6.9

    382,200

    3.17

    1,297,500

    3.96

    2001

    64,000

    7.7

    833,000

    6.7

    69,700

    6.8

    381,800

    3.20

    1,157,400

    4.09

    2002

    60,100

    7.1

    858,200

    6.6

    66,900

    6.8

    400,100

    3.24

    1,163,000

    4.25

    2003

    62,900

    5.6

    872,700

    6.5

    72,200

    7.0

    377,600

    3.24

    1,218,000

    4.25

    2004

    59,400

    7.7

    958,000

    6.4

    65,800

    5.8

    400,800

    3.32

    1,242,000

    4.26

    Imports are of green coffee, in metric tonnes. Excludes soluble/roasted/decaffeinated.

    Please note that the intra-European Union trade data are increasingly difficult to obtain because, strictly speaking, there is no intra-EU import or export anymore, only movement of goods. Furthermore, there is a substantial trade in both green and processed coffee making it difficult to furnish precise data for individual European countries. This is the case, for example, with per capita consumption in Austria and Switzerland where ICO and ECF data differ. Note also that all the five countries you mentioned import/export processed and decaffeinated coffee - the green coffee import figure is given by way of illustration of their respective importance.

    We do not engage in making predictions but can indicate that per capita consumption in mature markets, such as the three European countries of your concern, is not expected to show noticeable growth in the next few years. In fact, German consumption appears to be on a mild decline. Japan showed very strong growth in the 1990's and whilst the trend is still upwards, growth has slowed. US consumption is staging a mild recovery from earlier declines, mostly due to strong growth in the specialty coffee segment. It is expected that this modest recovery will continue.

    For detailed data, including import/export of processed coffee and other information, we suggest you visit www.ecf-coffee.org for information on European markets (look under Publications for Annual Reports); www.ncausa.org for information on the USA market, and www.ico.org for general information and statistics on global coffee trade consumption and production, including Japan. Try contacting the All Japan Coffee Association at ajcao@iris.ocn.ne.jp if you wish to ask for more information on that market.

    www.p-maps.org also operated by the International Trade Centre, is an excellent source of trade information for many products, including coffee, that not only shows trade data but also the type and value of coffee imports into individual consumer countries. To access this service (updated annually) you will first have to register through the website.

    Published February 17, 2006

     

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