Brazil, Colombia and Ethiopia may be the countries most people think off when it comes to coffee beans, but it’s Germany that actually leads the way when it comes to other coffee products, according to the Federal Statistical Office.
Despite a corona-influenced decline in turnover, projected trade in coffee will still be worth almost EUR 16.3 billion in 2020 and is projected to rise to over EUR 20.7 billion by 2025. The northern German port city of Hamburg is considered Europe’s most important market for raw coffee.
Germany imported 1.13 million tons of raw, non-decaffeinated coffee last year. Much of that is sold on to other countries, either in its original form or after being roasted or decaffeinated. Germany, for instance, exported 227,034 tons of roasted decaffeinated coffee in 2019.
Germans themselves, of course, are also by no means averse to a good cup of java. The average person in the country in 2019 consumed 166 liters of the brown stuff in 2019, making coffee more popular than mineral water or even beer.
“That’s around a billion cups more than the previous year,” German Coffee Association Chairman Johannes Hielscher told business magazine Wirtschaftswoche.
Germans drink roughly three-quarters of their coffee at home, and the Statistical Office says that 82.5 percent of German households have at least a coffee-making device.
There are no reliable figures for the number of people involved in the sector, but value chains include dealers, warehouse providers, roasters, decaffeinators, food laboratory workers, coffee-machine makers, packaging producers and – last but certainly not least – baristas.