Coffee is as central a beverage to life in Costa Rica as tea is to China. Coffee cultivation has a long history in the Central American nation. The coffee bean was for years the country’s main export product, and came to form part of the national identity, with Costa Ricans taking pride in the quality of their homegrown coffee…Full Article: Nov 2018

Key Point

  • In November 2018, Costa Rica’s first coffee cooperative, CoopeVictoria, participated in the inaugural China International Import Expo (CIIE) trade fair in Shanghai. CoopeVictoria reportedly started its export business with China in January 2018.

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  • In November 2018, Brazil sent roughly a dozen coffee companies to the inaugural China International Import Expo (CIIE) including Monte Alegre Coffees (based in Areado, Minas Gerais State) and Cafe Floresta (based in Santos, São Paulo State). At the time, China accounted for only 0.2% of Brazilian coffee exports (by sales). Germany, the USA, and Italy were the primary export markets.
  • In 2017, Brazilian exports of green coffee beans to mainland China decreased from 3,643 MTs 3,507 MTs. Brazil exported negligible (very small) amounts of roasted and instant coffee to mainland China. Chinese imports of Costa Rican coffee and byproducts averaged only 577 MTs per year from 2016 to 2017.

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