5 Helpful Home-Brewed Stats on the Coffee Economy


5 Helpful Home-Brewed Stats on the Coffee Economy

Question: what is your best friend in the morning? Hopefully the answer was a quick and triumphant bellowing of, “COFFEE!” Yes, that caffeine-filled delicious perker-upper is humanity’s greatest invention and all-encompassing miracle worker. 150 million consumed coffee bags in 2016 drive this point home.

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Infographic courtesy of the International Coffee Organization

I ran a very non-scientific survey and came up with this stunning result: people care deeply about this caffeine-infused beverage. So why not learn more about it? Let’s do so by home-brewing some useful statistics on coffee and how it moves around the globe. If you’re ready to roast, then read along. Note: the following information is derived from data provided by the International Coffee Organization.


2: Types of Coffee Produced

Arabica & Robusta

  • The majority of coffee produced in the world comes down to two types: Arabica and Robusta.
  • Arabica beans mostly originate from Colombia and Brazil.
  • Robusta beans hail from a multitude of smaller producers such as India, Vietnam and African nations.
  • Which is produced more? Arabicas, due to having more product from highly-desired countries.
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Price comparison: Arabica vs. Robusta coffee (retail price per bag)

3: Crop Seasons for Coffee Exporters

April, July & October

  • Crop production is staged during 3 annual time periods: April, July & October.
  • Highest-producing season: October (52% of annual coffee production)
  • Lowest-producing season: July (1% of annual coffee production)
  • 56 countries produce and export within the industry.


coffee producing countries october april july

# of Producer Countries in October, April and July



4: Groups of Coffee Exported

Colombian Milds, Other Milds, Brazilian Naturals & Robustas

  • Coffee types are grouped by country of origin.
  • Arabicas consist of 3 groups: Colombian Milds, Other Milds & Brazilian Naturals.
  • Robustas are classified together on their own.
  • Highest-produced group: Robustas! They are cheaper and thus more cost-effective.
  • Lowest-produced group: Colombian Milds. Their demand is higher due to quality, so they cost a pretty penny.


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Production totals of 4 key coffee groups


With these three useful statistics in place, let’s proceed by adding cream and sugar to top off our cup of joe.


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7: Forms of Coffee

Green, Dried Cherry, Parchment, Roasted, Liquid, Soluble & Decaf

  • The following definitions are courtesy of the International Coffee Organization Statistical Reports, Rules on Statistics, Page 1.
  • Green Coffee: all coffee in the naked bean form before roasting
  • Dried Coffee Cherry: the dried fruit of the coffee tree
  • Parchment Coffee: the green coffee bean contained in the parchment skin
  • Roasted Coffee: green coffee roasted to any degree and includes ground coffee
  • Liquid Coffee: the water-soluble solids derived from roasted coffee and put into liquid form
  • Soluble Coffee: the dried water-soluble solids derived from roasted coffee
  • Decaffeinated Coffee: green, roasted or soluble coffee from which caffeine has been extracted


10: World Leaders in Coffee Exports

Brazil, Indonesia, Peru, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Uganda & Vietnam

  • Brazil is the world’s leading coffee producer and shipper, having exported 37 million bags of coffee in 2015-16.
  • Rounding Out the “Top 5” are Vietnam, Columbia, India and Indonesia.
  • Smallest Exporters: Paraguay, Congo, Benin, Guinea, Sri Lanka and Gabon each exported less than 1,000 bags.


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Top 10 Coffee Exporters and their 2015-16 Production



I hope you enjoyed this presentation of statistics and insights on coffee. I enjoyed learning about where my favorite beverage comes from, how it is produced and what price it sells for. For more information on global coffee trade and activity, I recommend visiting the ICO website.

Let me know your thoughts on the coffee economy via Twitter @PaulAblesCM. Thank you for reading!


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