Southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Wednesday [1 July 2015] began a container train service carrying coffee beans and other products to Europe. With 2,050 tonnes of coffee on board, the train set off from the provincial capital of Kunming on Wednesday and is scheduled to arrive in Rotterdam in 15 days. Previously, Yunnan’s coffee went to Europe by sea, which usually takes over 30 days…Full Article: July 2015

Key Points

  • It is estimated that China will export 24,000 MTs of coffee to Europe in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, it is expected that these volumes will jump to 140,000 MTs and 300,000 MTs, respectively.
  • In 2014, Yunnan province, which accounted for 99% of China’s coffee production, exported 67,200 MTs of coffee.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In March 2015, Nestle China’s coffee factory in Dongguan, Guangdong province, destroyed tons of instant coffee owing to poor domestic demand.
  • In December 2014, Nestle announced they would only procure coffee beans in Yunnan that are “4C” certified. During the 2012 to 2013 coffee crop season, approximately 33% of coffee bean procured from Nestle (Pu’er) met the 4C verification. The majority of these beans were not sold domestically but exported internationally.
  • In 2013, Yunnan Province produced almost 100,000 MTs of coffee or approximately 98% of China’s total output.
  • In 2012, China produced approximately 70,000 MTs of green (raw) coffee.
  • Coffee production in China is focused on Yunnan province, which accounted for more than 90% of China’s output in 2012. In 2009, Guangdong province halted coffee production, while Hainan Island produces ~440 MTs annually.

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