According to Taiwan’s Central America Trade Office, the Taiwanese coffee market has expanded in the last decade, while coffee imports from Central America have more than doubled (CATO).
On May 6 and 7, officials from Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as ambassadors from Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, joined coffee traders in a celebration of the two countries’ relations, with each nation bringing their own signature coffees.
Taiwan’s coffee imports increased by more than twofold from 116 million tonnes to 358 million tonnes between 2008 and 2018, according to the Ministry of Finance.
According to CATO figures, Taiwan’s coffee imports from Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua have increased by 158 percent in the last decade. Though Honduran coffee exports to Taiwan remained relatively steady, increasing from US$2 million to US$2.2 million, Guatemalan coffee imports increased from US$7.4 million to US$14.9 million. In 2020, Nicaragua exported $9.1 million worth of coffee to Taiwan, a tenfold increase in just three years.
Guatemala is divided into eight coffee-growing areas. Taiwanese importers prefer the country’s coffee because the beans are known for their fine acidity and smooth fruity notes.
Honduras is the world’s fifth largest coffee producer, with six coffee regions and nine million people employed in the coffee industry. The citrous flavours and acidic aromas of Honduran coffees are distinctive.
Nicaraguan coffees have a clean, thick body with mild flavours, making them suitable for light roasting. The diverse microclimates, rich volcanic soil, and numerous roasting methods support coffee beans from Central America.