The two most commonly produced and consumed coffee strains are Arabica and Robusta. Cultivated throughout Africa, Central and South America and South East Asia, coffee is one of the world’s largest export commodities. In 2015, Canada imported approximately 624.74 million U.S. dollars of coffee (approximately 866 million Canadian dollars as of December 2015), largely from producers in Columbia and Brazil.
In 2015, Canada more than doubled their export of domestic, electric coffee and tea makers. Due to single-serve coffee growing in popularity, single-serve beverages saw the largest year-over-year sales growth in 2014, with sales of coffee pods surpassing those of standard fresh ground coffee that year. Despite this specialty coffee trend, numerous consumers are not interested in owning a single-serve coffee maker, 37 percent claiming that coffee pods create too much waste.
In 2015, 67 percent of consumers reported consuming coffee in the past day. While home is the leading location for coffee consumption among Canadians, 77 percent of respondents said they visit coffee cafes at least monthly. Coffee chains Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup are among the leading coffee retailers in Canada.