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From coffee traders and brokers to coffee roasters and producers of instant coffee, decaffeinators, coffee machine and roasting machine manufacturers to logistics companies, laboratories and sustainability organisations - at the German Coffee Association we all sit round the same table, to support the interests of our members and of coffee.

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Virtual Coffee Congress 2022

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.



Virtual Congress on Coffee Capsules

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.



Update Sustainability: New data, new projects, new insights

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.



Coffee meets Universum

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.



Environment, Factory and Safety at Work

Information, Knowledge Exchange and Networking

On 7th September 2021, the German Coffee Association invited its members to the ‘Environment, Factory and Safety at Work’ Symposium. The event took place at the Holiday Inn in Hamburg HafenCity.

During the symposium, nine speakers presented innovations around coffee production, examined carefully different areas of safety at work and gave practice related tips on environment- and climate protection for coffee factories.



Coffee Roaster Online-Conference

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

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

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.



Coffee in Food Retailing

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.



Vending - potential for growth

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.



50 Years German Coffee Association

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.


Surprising coffee facts

The consumption of coffee per capita in Germany in 2021
German exports of roasted coffee in 2021
Market for roasted coffee: Share of R&G coffee in 2021
Market for roasted coffee: Share of „whole beans” in 2021
Market for roasted coffee: Share of coffee capsules in 2021
Increase in sales of "X in 1" in 2021 (single-serving mixes with soluble coffee milk powder and/or sugar)
Increase in sales of soluble coffee mixes in 2021
Increase in sales of pure soluble coffee in 2021
Every fifth cup of coffee is consumed out of home.
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Together we are strong

The whole coffee industry comes together in the German Coffee Association. In addition to making important contacts, members benefit from numerous free services provided by the German Coffee Association and are given a voice in our collective interests regarding coffee.

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Let’s meet up! Regularly.

Meet important industry representatives at the high-profile German Coffee Association events, establish valuable contacts and learn from our speakers about the latest scientific findings, market data and trends about coffee.

In addition to holding congresses and conferences, the German Coffee Association hosts information sessions specifically for its member companies on current issues and offers seminars both for the ongoing education of apprentices and for those new to the coffee business.

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