Coffee | International trade | Export earnings | Agriculture

Photo: Nabin Devkota | Lumle Coffee Estate
Photo: Nabin Devkota | Lumle Coffee Estate


Nepal’s coffee trade sees continuous growth

While Nepal’s coffee export has experienced modest gains two years in a row after the pandemic hit the sector, the import of coffee last fiscal year saw staggering growth, both hinting rising coffee culture in the country.

By the_farsight |


Nepal’s coffee export has experienced modest gains in the fiscal year 2022/23. The export earnings reached Rs 130.4 million last fiscal year, growing by 11.36% from the previous year of Rs 117.1 million.

Nepal’s major coffee export market for the fiscal year 2022/23 includes Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, and Italy contributing to 91.5% of the total export earnings. 

On the other hand, coffee imports have surged by 155.53%, amounting to Rs 325.8 million. The figure includes import values for i) coffee, not roasted, not decaffeinated, ii) decaffeinated coffee, not roasted, iii) roasted coffee, not decaffeinated iv) roasted, decaffeinated coffee, and v) coffee husks and skins, coffee substitutes containing coffee in any proportion.

According to the National Tea and Coffee Development Board (NTCDB), Nepal’s coffee, known for superior quality, sells at prices two to three times higher than imports, selling at $16 per kilogram in international markets. 

The recently released Nepal Trade Integration Strategy 2023, which identifies new priority products and services with comparative advantage for export potential and expanded the previous list of 12 to 32 now under five categories, has introduced coffee under its priority list.

As an export commodity, the strategy emphasises the need for youth engagement in farming and increased investments. 

Meanwhile, the NTCDB has revised minimum support prices for coffee farmers effective from 24th November:

Fresh cherry coffee

Grade A → Organically grown at an altitude above 800 metres, meticulously processed, well-ripened, water-fermented, and carefully selected cherries

Grade B → Fresh cherries that do not meet the criteria for “Grade A”

Parchment coffee:  Coffee cherries, dried but unhulled coffee beans, processed with a cold processing method containing 11% moisture

Grade A → Prepared from “Grade A” fresh cherry coffee

Grade B → Prepared from “Grade B” fresh cherry coffee

Dry cherry coffee: Coffee cherries that are dried under the sun or through alternative methods

Grade A → Dry cherry coffee prepared from “Grade A” fresh cherry coffee

Grade B → Dry cherry coffee prepared from “Grade B” fresh cherry coffee

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