In Turkey, the country with the highest per capita consumption of tea, the demand for coffee has also increased over the past decade, Vestnik Kavkaza reports citing Hurriyet.
The sector, which was energized by the rise of third-generation coffee houses, continues to grow rapidly despite rising coffee prices around the world.
Mehmet Kurukaveci, the president of the Turkish manufacturing company Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, said that over the past 10 years, coffee imports to Turkey have increased dramatically, almost four times.
“Imports of unroasted coffee, which amounted to 17,000 tons in 2011, reached 30,000 tons in 2014, and reached 70,000 tons in 2022. Since coffee is not grown in our country yet, we can say that consumption has increased by the same amount,” – he said.
At the same time, Kurukaveci noted that Turkish coffee is the most popular in Turkey.
He said that over the past few years, global coffee prices have increased four to five times against the background of frosts in Brazil in 2019. “Coffee prices are very dependent on climatic conditions. There were no frosts this year. At some point, prices stabilized, even fell a little,” Mehmet Kurukaveci added, noting that in the medium term Turkey could become one of the coffee producing countries .