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. The situation has changed significantly over the past 5 years, with emerging chains like The Cafetalito, Barista Coffee, & Cafe, Cafe Gitane, McCafe and next year we expect the arrival of Starbucks Coffee." Reports an article by Elperiodico.com.
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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.”
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.
In South Korea per capita consumption of coffee is five times greater than that of other countries in the Asia – Pacific region.
According to a recent USDA report from the United States, per capita coffee consumption in South Korea is 5 times greater than that of other countries in the Asia – Pacific region. In 2012 this market in South Korea was quantified in $3 billion.
Managers of the German Coffee Roasters Society have highlighted a demand in the Teutonic country for gourmet and specialty coffee produced in Chiriquí.
According to an article published in Panamaamercia.com.pa, the quality of coffee produced at over 1,600 meters altitude in Chiriqui, is one of the reasons for the German Coffee Roasters Society to visit the area.