The New Zealand coffee trade is booming, but there’s a long way to go before it becomes as widespread as in the US.
The country’s population of around one billion has nearly doubled in the past decade, and the number of coffee shops is now larger than any other in the world.
The coffee trade has been a part of the country’s life for more than a century, and there are about 600 coffee shops in New England.
“We’re starting to feel the effects of globalization and the introduction of cheaper goods into the coffee market,” said Michael MacGregor, president of the New Zealand Coffee Association.
But the industry is still relatively small.
New Zealand has a small population, about 500,000 people, and about 40 percent of its coffee comes from other countries.
It’s a small part of New Zealand’s economy, and MacGregore hopes that will change soon.
MacGregor said that while the coffee trade may not be as popular as in other countries, the coffee is worth it.
It’s just a great opportunity for a coffee shop, he said.
Coffee shops in the United States have struggled to keep up with the global boom, but MacGregors believes they can.
“[The coffee] is coming in so quickly, and we can’t be complacent about it,” he said, “but we have a huge opportunity here to be part of this.”
Cigarette smoking rates have dropped, and sales of coffee and cigarettes are booming.
But MacGregores coffee trade association estimates that about one in four coffee shops will shut in the next five years.
A recent survey of coffee shop owners in the capital city of Wellington found that the average turnover of a coffeehouse was just $100, while the average weekly wage was just over $600.
If coffee shops are going to survive in New York, they need to expand, said MacGregora.
They need to have the infrastructure in place to support those new businesses, he added.
I want to see this coffee industry thrive in New Hampshire, he concluded.
“We have a lot of great coffee growers here, and a lot more people are getting into this industry.”
The American Coffee Association is one of the few coffee trade groups that does have a large presence in New Jersey, where its members have invested in coffee farms.
It has been pushing for a new trade deal with the United Nations, and says New Jersey has an opportunity to make a big dent in the industry.
The trade association is in talks with the New York state government, but says it is working with the state’s coffee farmers to craft a trade agreement.