Coffee Fact Friday: Coffee Makes the World (Trade) Go Around

 (photo from the film Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee)

The third week in May is World Trade Week.  In New York United States “stakeholders” are meeting to discuss, evaluate, and forecast domestic and foreign trade. One concern is increasing exports, but coffeesnobology is betting that that discussion takes place over a cup of imported coffee.

Coffee commodities are second only to petroleum and have been an international trade commodity since the 1800s. .  The U.S. leads the top ten importing countries, which include (in descending order) Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, the U.K., Poland and the Netherlands, the latter of which began the fair trade movement in 1988.

(www.pbs.org; www.blackgoldmovie.com; http://trade.gov )

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