Throughout the 2018/19 period, over 170 million coffee bags, which consist of 60 kilograms’ worth of coffee each, were produced worldwide, making it the marketing year with the highest production numbers so far. Almost half of the world’s coffee gets produced in South America: in 2019, about 99 million 60-kilogram bags were filled in this region. Specifically, Brazil was the country that produced the highest amount of coffee bags in South America and the rest of the world that year.
While Brazil was the largest producer of coffee in the world in 2018, the United States generated the highest coffee market revenue worldwide in the following year. The North American country generated approximately 82 billion U.S. dollars, while Brazil, which ranked second, generated 47 billion U.S. dollars. Total coffee imports were forecast to total around 134 million 60-kilogram bags within the 2020/21 period, while total export numbers are expected to reach more than 137 million. In 2019, the United States was the world’s top coffee importer, followed by Germany, France, and Italy. 2019’s leading exporters were Brazil, Germany, and Switzerland.
Coffee has become a popular Fairtrade product and saw a worldwide increase in terms of UTZ certified production in 2018, although dipping slightly in 2019. Over one million metric tons’ worth of sustainable coffee was produced in 2019, down from 1.1 million the previous year. Certified Fairtrade International coffee generated a global sales income of over 76 million U.S. dollars in 2018.