This summer, Japan became the eighth importing member of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), joining European Union, Norway, the Russian Federation, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United States of America.
Mr Robério Oliveira Silva, executive director of the ICO, said, “Japan has one of the most vibrant and respected coffee industries in the world. We have been in talks for some time about the possibility of them joining the ICO and today I am delighted to welcome Japan as our newest Member.”
Japan is the fourth largest coffee consumer in the world, after the USA, Brazil and Germany, with a total consumption of 7.5 million bags in calendar year 2014. Over the last four years, coffee consumption in Japan has continued to show strong growth of around 2.2% per annum.