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Asians' love for instant coffee fuels Robusta cultivation

Vietnam, India, Brazil produce more as Arabica loses ground

Robusta coffee beans can be grown in low altitudes and less prone to pest infections.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Asians' love for "3-in-1" instant coffee is fueling heated competition in growing Robusta beans as Brazil ups production to rival Vietnam, the biggest grower in the world.

Vietnamese output of Robusta beans, used in the individually packed instant coffee with creamer and sugar, is expected to grow an annual 0.3% to 29.1 million bags in the 2019-2020 production year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That figure marks a 10% rise from five years ago. Each bag contains 60 kg of coffee beans.

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