The Government of India has been witnessing a steady rise in its coffee exports. From 1960 to 2021, India’s coffee export increased twelvefold in quantity, and the value of the coffee export has risen 760 times in the same time period. India’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) stated that coffee exports in the year 2021-22 have reached $1 billion for the first time.

According to the World Coffee Forum, India is the seventh biggest coffee producer in the world. Coffee plants are largely grown in southern India, with Karnataka being the biggest coffee-producing region with 70 percent of the share of India’s total output. Other regions lag far behind, with Kerala as the second biggest producer accounting for 23 per cent of the total production. Other notable coffee-growing regions are Tamil Nadu and Orissa.

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Famed for its monsoon-processed coffee, India’s Arabica is popular around the world and also sets a high premium in the global market.

“(The) World is waking up with Indian coffee. Our coffee growers and exporters have enabled record exports of coffee, amounting to over a billion dollars.”

Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry

The country produces both arabica and robusta. Arabica has a higher market value, while robusta is the majorly produced variety of coffee, accounting for 72 per cent of total output.

Tea is still the top beverage of choice in India, with many of its people starting their day with a cup of it. “Tea in India is not just a beverage, it’s a feeling, and it binds us all,” said the minister of commerce & industry during the 69th foundation day of Tea Board India on April 1. However, the coffee market is seeing growth as well. Mukesh Ambani, the second-richest person in India, recently announced that he is introducing his fellow countrymen to Pret A Manger on franchise terms. Canada-based Tim Hortons has also expressed interest in growing its brand in India.

According to IBEF, “the industry provides direct employment to more than 2 million people in India. Since coffee is mainly an export commodity for India, domestic demand and consumption do not drastically impact the prices of coffee.” Italy, Germany, Belgium and Russia are the largest importers of coffee from India, with an average total share of about 45 per cent. The other importing countries are Libya, Poland, Jordan, Malaysia, the US, Slovenia and Australia.

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  1. India too not only exporting Green but also Roasted beans , Roasted & ground, Instant(soluble coffee ). Blends for very fine specialty coffees, Major coffees of Monsooned Arabica & Roubustas are well blended for Espresso shots, for Mild, Acidic, strong, round, mouthfeel clean & fine cups.
    a Q grader.

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