By June 13, 2013 Read Article

The High Price of Coffee in Taiwan

Yesterday, we noted that the average price of a 90+ point coffee from U.S. roasters in 2013 is $22.13 per pound.  Count your blessings if you’re a consumer in the United States.

In 2013, we’ve reviewed 23 coffees rated 90+ from Taiwan.  The average score was nearly identical to the U.S. average: 92.0 vs. 92.1 for the U.S.  However, there was a dramatic price difference.  The average price per pound in Taiwan was $39.30 (converted at an exchange rate of 0f 29.9 TWD to $US).  That’s 75% more than in the United States.

I’d be interested to hear from others what factors are driving the significant difference.  It does not appear to be a statistical anomaly, such as an over-weighting of expensive Geshas, luwaks, Konas, or JBM’s.  In fact, nearly half of the 90+ point coffees from Taiwan are blends.  In the U.S., almost all of the 90+ point coffees are single origin coffees.

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About the Author:

Kenneth Davids is a coffee expert, author and co-founder of Coffee Review. He has been involved with coffee since the early 1970s and has published three books on coffee, including the influential Home Roasting: Romance and Revival, now in its second edition, and Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing and Enjoying, which has sold nearly 250,000 copies over five editions. His workshops and seminars on coffee sourcing, evaluation and communication have been featured at professional coffee meetings on six continents.

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