Visualizing the Global Coffee Trade by Country

The global coffee trade, which involves the movement of unroasted and non-decaffeinated coffee beans from farms to cafes, is a significant global industry. In 2019, the top 10 countries producing coffee beans, found in the “Bean Belt,” were Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia. These countries export nearly 42% of the global coffee beans, with Brazil exporting over 2.2 million tonnes in 2019. The top coffee importers, including the U.S., Germany, Italy, Japan, Belgium, Spain, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Russia, accounted for 34.7% of the global coffee trade. The U.S. is the largest importer of coffee beans, importing 1.5 million tonnes of unroasted beans in 2019, equivalent to 19.3% of all exports that year. Europe is also a major destination for coffee bean exports, with Germany leading the way with 14.2% of global coffee imports. Japan, with its brewing coffee culture, is the fourth-largest coffee bean importer in the world and the leading importer in Asia.

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