January 05, 2015: Even as the overall coffee exports from India fell close to 4 per cent to about 3 lakh tonnes during the last year, the earnings have increased by 6 per cent to Rs 4,986 crore. It may be noted here that the earnings stood at Rs 4,692 crore on a volume of 3,12,363 tonnes during 2013.
Due to the decline in the robusta shipment, the coffee exports were slightly lower but the export realisation has moved up from Rs 1,50,215 per tonne to Rs 1,65,529 per tonne in 2014.
The shipment of Arabica variety of coffee has increased by over 9 per cent to 59,829 tonnes from 54,706 tonnes, while that of instant coffee increased by 79 per cent to 46,028 tonnes from 25,722 tonnes.
Italy remained the largest export market for Indian coffee with 68,442 tonnes followed by Germany (30,048 tonnes), Russian Federation (22,362 tonnes), Turkey (15,842 tonnes), Belgium (13,862 tonnes) and Indonesia (11,532 tonnes) in 2014. Companies like CCL Products (41,067 tonnes), ITC limited (27,422 tonnes) and Tata Coffee (22,948 tonnes) were the few names that topped the charts.
According to the first estimate, the total coffee output from India is expected to be close to 3,44,750 tonnes in the current 2014-15 crop year as compared to 3,04,500 tonnes in 2013-14.