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Peru celebrates coffee day!
Coffee production and consumption
When I was in the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima ready to leave Peru at the end of August, I found that Aug 24, 2012 was Peruvian Coffee Day!
I tend to drink tea instead of coffee in the mornings, especially at breakfast time, but I certainly enjoy a good cup of coffee every now and then, if there is some cake or biscuits and I am with friends.
In an effort to promote the consumption of the product in the country, Peru is celebrating Peruvian Coffee Day every fourth Friday during the month of August, and the aim is to promote the domestic consumption of coffee, while at the same time emphasizing Peru’s coffee growers.
Peru is now the world’s third largest coffee exporter, and fourth largest producer, something I was not aware of, as Peruvians don’t consume as much coffee as other Latin American countries do.
Although Peru is a strong coffee exporter and producer, comsumption in the country amounts to only about 500 grams of coffee per person, which is significantly less than the four to six kilos per person consumed every year, by people in Colombia and Brazil, for example.
The Starbucks Coffee Company announced it would celebrate Peruvian Coffee Day by giving away a free cup of coffee to those who came into the store with their own coffee mug, or reusable cup. Lima has now joined other cities in Latin America and the world to have Starbucks coffee shops.
Peru’s coffee- which is exported to 46 countries around the globe- totaled $251.3 million in exports during the first half of 2012.
I like to drink tea instead of coffee in the mornings, especially at breakfast time, but I certainly enjoy a good cup of coffee in the afternoons, especially if there is some cake or biscuits and I am with friends.
Peruvian coffee is the third second most exported product in the country and the fourth one in the world due to its increasing demand. Peru is the largest exporter of organic coffee, which is delivered to 46 countries. In addition, coffee is the first Peruvian agricultural export product. In the first half of 2012, coffee exports from the country amounted to US$251.3 million.
Peru declared every fourth Friday of August as the Peruvian Coffee Day to celebrate the advancement of this product. Peruvian Coffee Day seeks to highlight coffee producers, industrialists, exporters, distributors and consumers. In addition, coffee is one of the agricultural crops that contributes most to the Peruvian economy, generating a significant amount of foreign exchange for this South American country.
Peru can produce high quality coffee, as it has excellent conditions of soil and climate in the coffee growing areas. The main coffee producing areas are in Junín, San Martín, Cajamarca, Cusco, Pasco, Puno and Ayacucho.