Chinese Coffee Beans

Region: Asia
Profile: Earthy, balanced
Production: 258 million lbs (1.3% global production)
Global Rank: 13
Varieties: 99% Arabica, 1% Robusta, 0% Liberica

Chinese Coffee Overview

The Chinese don’t drink a ton of coffee (though they’re trending up) but when they do it tends to be lower-grade and/or instant. Still, the country is a large producer of Arabica, which it exports to Europe.

Much of this coffee is grown in the Yunnan province in southern China but overall it’s lacking in quality. An article by Perfect Daily Grind explains there are two reasons for this:

  • Processing issues
  • Much of the highly-prized farmland is devoted to tea

If Chinese citizens ever develop the taste for high-quality Arabicas, then the country may invest more resources in coffee production, which could have a huge impact on the entire industry given the country’s sheer size. For now, most Chinese-grown coffee finds its way into blends as a means of keeping costs low.

Chinese Coffee Beans: Detailed Review

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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!