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:
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.