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China’s coffee revolution

From the May 2013 issue.

China’s unique growing conditions have drawn the attention of the global coffee industry, but there is a lot to be done before its produce earns wide-scale respect.

Coffee berries in ChinaWhen China signals its intention to become a world player in a new industry, it pays to take notice.

Now it is the turn of the international coffee trade to focus its attention on the emerging superpower – not as the ripening consumer market that we have seen coming for some years now, but as a significant coffee producer in its own right.

While coffee cultivation in China goes back to the late 19th century, little of its coffee is consumed outside of Asia.

With reliable information on coffee production out of China very hard to come by, estimates on output vary from 30,000 to 60,000 tonnes in the 2012-13 coffee year. There is a general consensus, that it could rise to as much as 200,000 tonnes by 2019-20. Despite this, Chinese coffee is still a relative unknown on the world stage.

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