The data was published in the Annual Coffee Report by the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (Icafé). Despite the drop in consumption, the country has the third largest per capita consumption among coffee growing countries, after Brazil (5.48 kg) and Honduras (3.77 kg).
According to data from the International Coffee Organization (ICO), "... in 2004-2005 Costa Rica consumed 366,000 60kg bags of coffee, while in 2008-2009 it demanded 239,000 " reported Nacion.com.
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Costa Rican coffee roasters want to import coffee grain tax free due to a shortages in national production, which is denied by growers.
Costa Rica's Coffee Roasters' Association stated that in 2010 there was a 40% shortage in supplies for the internal market, which needed to be imported.
Domestic consumption of quality coffee has increased over the past 5 years.
Coffee farmers are not exporting all gourmet beans, 10% of production stays for the local market.
New offerings, flavors and retail centers have awakened consumer taste.
Prensa.com reports in their article, "The consumer market is adding a generation of better educated and higher income clients, which has increased demand and supply of coffee in shops specializing in a good drink prepared by professionals.”
If the current trend is sustained, coffee consumption could reach 134 million 60kg sacks.
Nestor Osorio, executive director of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), added they are optimistic regarding the current tendency.
From Elsalvador.com: "'If the current trend continues, we could even add an additional 2 million sacks. Even though 2009 was a crisis year, coffee consumption grew', commented Osorio'".
Helped by coffee shops, domestic consumption of quality coffee has increased over the past 6 years.
Currently the country produces about 4.5 million kilograms of green coffee, of which 400.000 is for domestic consumption.
"Although Guatemala produces one of the best beans in the world, coffee consumption was low (only 1.7 cups per person) until 2004 and the grain consumed was of lower quality.