Coffee has multifunctional properties as a food additive and nutraceutical. As a nutraceutical, coffee has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-dyslipidemic and anti-obesity properties.
Although most of the world’s coffee is grown in South and Central America, some islands in the Caribbean possess optimal conditions for the cultivation of coffee beans. In the case of Jamaica, these conditions are responsible for the smoothness of the Jamaican Blue Moutain Coffee, which is the region’s leading coffee export. The soil composition and the high mountain altitudes are responsible for the production of a mild, smooth bean with a strong aroma. These beans are heavily demanded and can sell for USD 50-60 per pound.
In 2019, the global coffee market has estimated to be valued at USD 102.15 billion, with projections to increase by 6.2% to USD 155.64 billion. Globally, the major markets for coffee are the United States, Germany, and Italy. The markets with greatest potential for Caribbean’s exports of coffee that is not roasted, nor decaffeinated are Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.Agro-Processing Sector Brief