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Total coffee consumption in Japan 1990-2018

In 2018, over 7.8 million 60 kg bags of coffee were consumed in Japan, an increase from less than 5.1 million bags in 1990. The demand in the country had been gradually increasing as consumer preferences changed from tea to coffee.

The coffee market in Japan

In 2018, the sales of coffee in Japan generated revenues of over 36 billion U.S. dollars, consolidating the market as the third largest worldwide. As the cultivation of coffee plants was limited to a small number of local farms, the Japanese industry relied on imported products to cover the domestic demand. The country was a major importer of coffee, sourcing its products predominantly from the largest exporter Brazil.
The market in Japan distributes the beverage in a variety of forms and sales channels. While coffee shops offer the drink freshly brewed from grounded beans, retail stores include bottled coffee-based drinks in their product range. Additionally, for a quick energy boost along the way, vending machines sell canned-coffee drinks that are heated or cooled depending on the season.

Coffee or tea: Where does the favorite hot drink lie?

While the hot beverage culture in Japan was commonly associated with freshly brewed tea and traditional tea ceremonies, coffee did not fall behind in popularity among consumers. The brewed drink was chosen as one of the most popular foodstuff and beverages in Japan. Coffee was especially popular among consumers during the cold season, relegating teas to second place as the most popular hot drink during fall and winter.

Total coffee consumption in Japan from 1990 to 2018

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* According to the source, the term bag refers to 60 kg shipping bags.
The source das not state an exact publication date. Date given here is the day of data access.

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