Consumption of decaffeinated coffee is difficult to
gauge because many coffee consuming countries do not provide
separate data on this. Nevertheless, we estimate world consumption
in coffee importing countries, together with Brazil, to be less
than ten percent of all coffee consumed.
This we base on data gathered from trade sources, different
publications and own estimates.
Consumption of decaffeinated coffee as a percentage of
total consumption 2005
United States of America
European Coffee Federation data (www.ecf-coffee.org) show 2005
production of roasted, decaffeinated coffee in selected EU
countries as 138,617 tonnes. The total for non-decaffeinated,
roasted coffee was 1,521,994 tonnes, meaning that at least 8.35% of
total 2005 EU roastings were of the decaffeinated type. Even after
allowing for some re-exports this percentage would appear to be
reasonably in line with what is suggested in the table above.
According to the latest Coffee Drinking Study published by the
National Coffee Association of the US (www.ncausa.org) consumption of
decaffeinated coffee in the US has been growing strongly in the
last two years. Consumption elsewhere is seen as fairly static but
we cannot judge the impact, if any, of the introduction of new
'low-caffeine' or 'light' coffee products in many countries.
NB: Although not a coffee trade related issue we will
comment on the market for natural caffeine in a subsequent
Posted 26 January 2007