Filipinos imported an overall US$83.5 million worth of coffee in 2016, almost 14 times more than the $6.1 million spent on imported tea.
Coffee imports into the Philippines appreciated by 19.2% from $70.1 million during 2012. Year over year, imported coffee purchased by Filipinos spiked by 149.9% from $33.4 million during 2015.
Unroasted caffeinated coffee represents 92.2% of the total value of the Philippines’ imported coffee, compared to 6.8% for roasted caffeinated coffee in 2016.
Imported decaffeinated brew accounts for less than 1% of coffee shipped into the Philippines.
Despite the fact that Brazil and Colombia generated almost a quarter (23.8%) of coffee exported worldwide in 2016, 99.9% of the coffee imported into the Philippines originated from 9 Asian countries.
Top 10 Suppliers of Coffee to the Philippines
Below are the 10 leading countries that exported the highest dollar value of coffee to the Philippines during 2015, sorted by dollar value in ascending order. Shown with parentheses is the percentage change in the value of Filipino imports bench-marked against amounts imported in 2011.
- Vietnam: US$72.8 million (Up 50.9% from 2012 to 2016)
- Indonesia: $5 million (down -74.7%)
- Malaysia: $3.7 million (Up 5,648%)
- Singapore: $847,000 (Down -17.8%)
- United States: $333,000 (Up 60.1%)
- Italy: $214,000 (Up 105.8%)
- Australia: $113,000 (Up 37.8%)
- China: $106,000 (Down -24.8%)
- Hong Kong: $101,000 (Up 2,425%)
- Switzerland: $75,000 (Up 87.5%)
The listed ten suppliers provided 99.8% of the Philippines’ imported coffee during 2016. The top four coffee sources are Asian countries accounting for 98.7% of Filipino coffee imports.
The fastest-growing source for coffee imported into the Philippines was Malaysia while the most drastic decliner was Indonesia over the 5-year period starting in 2012.
These statistics cry out one intriguing question. Can leading South American coffee producers Brazil and Colombia break into and profit from the multi-million dollar market of Filipino coffee drinkers?
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Agriculture – Products, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on August 8, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 8, 2017
World’s Top Exports, Coffee Exports by Country. Accessed on August 8, 2017
World’s Richest Countries, Top Coffee Importers. Accessed on August 8, 2017