Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. It is derived from coffee plant beans, which are found in more than 70 countries; however mostly in equatorial regions, including Latin America, Asia and Africa, with primary production being dominated by countries such as Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia and Columbia who have built their business exporting coffee around the world. In 2005, Brazil produced 2 million metric tons of coffee beans, which is more than twice as much as Vietnam; its nearest competitor.
The biggest importers of coffee include the United States, Germany and Italy; however, the consumption is actually greater in Finland, Aruba and Iceland. Coffee is traded on major futures and commodity exchanges, most importantly in London and New York. The fluctuations on coffee prices are determined by supply and demand principles – more sellers than, the price falls; and more buyers than sellers the price will rise.Trade KC