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Coffee exports rise 28% in 2021, Will they match it this year?

India exports 70% of its total coffee output and European countries led by Italy are the main buyers.

February 04, 2022 / 06:26 PM IST

Indian coffee exports rose 28% in 2021 because of a revival in demand in the big coffee-drinking nations in the second half of the year. Exporters are skeptical about matching it in 2022 because of the scare around the latest variant of COVID-19.

According to Coffee Board data, exports reached 395,716 tonnes in the year and earned $950 million. This is the highest figure in the past decade. Typically, the annual increase in coffee exports ranges from 5 to 10%.

Indian shipments had shrunk to 308,050 tonnes worth $714 million in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The woes continued to affect coffee exports in the first half of 2021 as well.

“There was a surge in exports in the last few months of the year because of pent-up demand. All the pending orders that were delayed due to pandemic problems were shipped out,” said Ramesh Rajah, president of the Coffee Exporters Association.