Dutch merchants are said to be the first to import coffee from Africa and spread it to Indonesia and to Central and South America through France. With such a historical background, coffee has taken root in the daily lives of Dutch people and the coffee consumption per capita ranks fifth in the world. Although the specialty coffee culture is relatively new in the Netherlands with a potential to thrive more, compared to that of the neighboring countries, many companies in the Netherlands are focused on running the business with sustainability in mind and conducting ethically conscious business. They are indeed leading other countries in the field of the sustainable and ethically conscious business.


The culture of specialty coffee has taken root in Germany, mainly in Berlin, since around 2010. Although a relative newcomer in terms of specialty coffee culture, Germany’s manufacturing and crafting heritage has had a strong influence on the global coffee market, including the well-established Melitta brand that has produced the original coffee dripper, the roasting machine manufacturer Probat, and EK43 from MAHLKÖNIG that has set the standard for coffee grinders worldwide. The fact that filter coffee has been popular for a long time, including pour-over and siphon coffee, is very similar in Japan. Perhaps, it is because Germany is famous for philosophy and its thinkers, many roasters have unique ideas, and express them in their coffee. Seeing and tasting the roasters’ individuality in the coffee is a very interesting experience.


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