Chilea is not a prominent producer of coffee beans, but microlots are appearing on the market in North America, and the coffee industry is slowly growing.
It is one of the few countries in South America where tea is more popular than coffee.
Having a long coast-line along the pacific ocean means that Chilea doesn’t have an ample amount of high elevations that are required for growing specialty grade coffee.
Nestle is the most prominent company, accounting for about 85% of the coffee consumed – commodity beans make up about 12% and specialty grade about 3%.
Chile’s coffee producing organization is known as ANAPAC (Asociación Nacional de Profesionales y Amantes del Café).
The majority of the coffee culture is located in Santiago, which actually lies outside the “coffee belt”.