Indonesia’s Coffee Dominates Coffee Market In Egypt

Rabu, 05 Maret 2014 | 14:09

Indonesia’s coffee gains more popularity in Egypt, it even grabs 70% of coffee’s market share in the country.

After 20 years, the product has now been dominating the country’s coffee market.

“Around 20 years ago, our coffee had not been recognized. Today, it even dominates the country with astonishing number,” said Dr. Ahmed Shaheen, a major coffee importer in Egypt, Monday (3/3).

He told his first impression on Indonesia’s coffee was taken after his visit to Indonesia about 20 years ago.

According to him, the coffee import to Indonesia reaches 12,000-15,000 tons every year. Previously, Egypt imported coffee from a number countries including Brazil, Vietnam, and Turkey.

Trade Attache at the Indonesia’s Embassy for Kairo Fetnayeti Winarko has confirmed Shaheen’s testimony.

“Within the last few years, Indonesia’s coffee always places the first spot in Egypt’s import list,” she said.

As an example, the Indonesia’s coffee export in January-November 2013 was at US$32 million from total US$47 million of Egypt’s coffee export.

Yet, the import along the period fell by 9.43% compared with the same period in 2012 of US$35.32 million.

Other than Shaheen, several Egypt’s businessmen who have built business with Indonesia also gave their testimonies. Generally, they were all admired Indonesia’s trade products quality.

by Martin Sihombing, Renat Sofie Andriani