On average, 169 litres of coffee are consumed per capita in Germany every year. This makes it the most consumed beverage across the land. The aromatic bean also plays an important economic role: coffee is imported to Germany in large quantities, processed here, consumed and exported again. In terms of exports, Germany is the world champion. No other country exports more coffee products.
A strong product needs an agile association! We stand one hundred percent behind our more than 360 member companies. For more than 50 years we have been providing coffee companies with support in their business activities and have been making a sustained effort to promote optimum economic and political conditions in the coffee industry.
Come on board and become part of Europe's largest network for coffee companies! Benefit from the data from the representative association market research and from our free advice on coffee law issues. We have expert knowledge and offer the best platform for your networking in the coffee industry with our numerous congresses and conferences.
From small start-ups to establish global brands the German Coffee Association represents numerous companies that trade in, process or otherwise do business with coffee. Our more than 360 members include sustainability organisations, coffee-financing banks, green coffee traders/agents and brokers, all well-known large brand roasters, around 150 speciality roasters, manufacturers of instant coffee, decaffeinators, shipping companies, logistics companies, warehousing providers, manufacturers of roasting facilities and equipment technology, food laboratories and producers and dealers of coffee and vending machines.
Save the Date:
Coffee Congress and New Year's Reception 2023
In a popular tradition, the Coffee Congress and New Year's Reception will take place on January 19 - this time in Berlin. The event offers all players in the coffee industry an ideal setting to exchange ideas on current topics and trends and to take a look into the future of coffee together. You can look forward to a top-class lecture program focussing on the question “How are the markets developing in 2023?” and a relaxed get-together in the evening.
Small capsules, big innovations
Passion meets innovation: 111 participants from 55 companies took the thrilling chance to be part of the 5th "International Virtual Congress on Coffee Capsules" on the 16 and 17 November 2022. Joining from 14 different countries all over the world, the participants listened to 11 wide-ranging lectures, all focusing on the coffee capsules.
We would like to thank the sponsors, speakers and participants for the highly professional exchange and the lively participation
Exchange of expert knowledge about coffee sensory
Inspiring and worthwhile: 130 coffee experts and enthusiasts from 65 companies were part of the online conference “Sensory Science Update”.
Their aim: Expanding their knowledge about this many-faceted field. In this context, seven lectures offered seven insights into the latest findings and studies about the sensory perception of coffee.
Record number of participants: Coffee Congress 2022 – how are the markets developing?
Around 360 participants from 144 companies joined this year’s virtual coffee congress – a record number!
We are delighted with the outstanding interest and would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this event: The eleven speakers – they gave us exciting insights into the financial and coffee market of tomorrow – the sponsors Brita and ofi as well as all participants who significantly enriched the congress with their questions and comments.
A full day of market data, innovations, sustainability and regulations
Around 115 capsule experts from 15 countries around the world – amongst others South Korea, Canada and the USA – joined the 4th International Virtual Congress on Coffee Capsules and Trade Exhibition.
We are pleased about the great response to our event.
140 attendees ▪ 16 concise lectures ▪ numerous new data and findings
Two days dedicated to sustainability: Around 140 representatives from our member companies took part in the virtual sustainability conference of the German Coffee Association on September 22nd and 23rd. In 16 exciting and informative speed speeches, the participants obtained information from the cultivation to the cup, and about the latest data, projects and developments relating to sustainability along the coffee supply chain.
Great Presentations, grand networking and reunion
Under the slogan “Coffee meets Universum”, the German Coffee Association invited its members to a conference and evening event to Bremen on 13 September 2021. It was the first large industry meeting since Spring 2020.
Six first-class speakers presented up-to-date papers - a fascinating variety of themes, that are currently of high interest to the coffee industry. Following the conference, the group met for a grand get-together in the ‘Universum’ museum.
Two days of live speeches, virtual exhibition, networking and knowledge exchange
The traditional Coffee Roaster Conference of the German Coffee Association took place on 4th and 5th May 2021. This event, aimed at speciality roasters, took place virtually for the first time.
This new model, a mix of top-class live speeches and virtual exhibition turned out to be very successful. Around 230 representatives of the association’s members’ organisations were in attendance. The two-day conference offered them nine informative presentations around new data, facts and industry trends. Furthermore, attendees had the chance to visit the virtual exhibition stands and to learn more about the exhibiting companies.
Cold Brew Summit 2021
The German Coffee Association organised the Cold Brew Summit for the first time on 29th and 30th April 2021.
Nine exciting talks highlighted different perspectives around this new fashionable drink. We were delighted to see great interest in this virtual event: Approx. 90 coffee experts from 72 organisations were in attendance.
Sustainable packaging in the spotlight
The coffee industry has adopted towards sustainable packaging and companies continue to work on improving themselves in this area. The German Coffee Association supported its members by running an online seminar on ‘Sustainable Packaging’ on 21. April 2021.
Nine top-class experts presented relevant aspects and answered questions around this theme in speed speeches. This online event was well perceived: Approx. 150 attendees from 75 organisations joined virtually.
More than 80% of overall coffee purchases are made in supermarkets and discount shops.
The large number of attendees that joined the online conference ‘Coffee trends and developments in the food retailing sector’ organised by the German Coffee Association, underlined the high relevance of this distribution chain.
Approx. 140 representatives from 78 member organisations attended on 24th March 2021. Four presentations outlined facts and figures in food retailing and reported on further potential of this chain.
Successful association cooperation
The German Coffee Association and the Federal Association of the German Vending Machine Industry invited to an online-seminar called ‘Vending market’s growth potential’ on 17th February 2021.
Approx. 250 vending experts from 136 companies attended this virtual event and got the latest updates, facts and figures in five talks. The following topics were covered: consumer behaviour in vending situations, vending trends, growth potential and relevant market changes.
The World of Coffee met in Hamburg
Strong, alert, hot – this was the theme of the 50th anniversary celebration of the German Coffee Association, which occurred on 5th July 2019. The ceremonial act took place in the ‘Great Hall’ of the Elbphilharmonie. More than 1,800 guests from national and international coffee business met in the Hanseatic city. They enjoyed an impressive concert of the Symphonists of Hamburg.
In the evening, 1,000 participates joined a Hamburg harbour tour to the fish auction hall, where the guests enjoyed an exclusive dinner.