Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Tanzania: Japan, Italy Leading Consumers of Tanzanian Coffee

Dodoma — JAPAN, Italy and Germany are the leading consumers of Tanzanian coffee, it has been revealed.

Revealing this was the Director General of Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB), Mr Primus Kimaryo when addressing the 13th National Coffee Stakeholders Meeting held at St Gasper Hotel &Conference Centre in Dodoma mid this week.

Revealing who buys the country’s coffee abroad, he named Japan which consume a total of 29 per cent of all coffee exports, Italy 13 per cent, Germany 13 per cent, Belgium eight per cent, United States of America five per cent and Morocco five per cent.

South Africa had three per cent, Sweden two per cent, Russia two per cent, Spain two per cent, Israel two per cent, Finland one per cent, Australia one per cent while other countries imported the remaining 12 per cent of the country’s coffee.

On the state of local consumption of coffee he named it to be five to seven of the total production, adding that efforts are underway for the same to reach 15 per cent after 10 years.

He said the country has earned 235.636 million US dollars (about 568.8bn/-) after exporting 82,491 tonnes of coffee in 2022/23.

The said earnings were realised after selling a total of 69,805 tonnes of coffee through Direct Coffee Exports and 12,686 tonnes of coffee through local coffee auctions.

Mr Kimaryo said Robusta coffee dominated the Direct Coffee Export market as a total of 41,017 tonnes of Robusta coffee equivalent to 58.76 per cent was exported compared to a total of 28,788 tonnes of Arabica coffee equivalent to 41.24 cent.

As for the local coffee auctions, he said this market was dominated by Arabica coffee – 11,229 tonnes equivalent to 89 cent, while Robusta -1,457 tonnes equivalent to 11 per cent passed through the local coffee auctions.