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 2018, about 81 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 that year. The North American country generated approximately 77 billion U.S. dollars, while Brazil, which ranked second, earned 43 billion U.S. dollars. Total coffee imports were forecast to total around 133 million 60-kilogram bags within the 2019/20 period, while total export numbers are expected to reach almost 137 million. In 2018, the United States was the world’s top coffee importer, followed by Germany, France, and Italy. 2018’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. Over 1.1 million metric tons’ worth of sustainable coffee was produced that year, which was an increase of roughly 22 percent compared to 2017. Certified Fairtrade International coffee generated a global sales income of over 76 million U.S. dollars in 2018.