Before coffee was known in many countries, the Iranians drank it. Despite the fact that the drink has been popular in our country for centuries, Iran’s share in the multi-billion-dollar global trade of coffee and coffee industry is almost nil
The popularity wore off over time as coffee was only drunk in certain cafes and by certain people. However in recent years, coffee drinking and going to cafes have picked up again in Iran, especially among the youth. Nowadays, different types of coffee are professionally served in hundreds of cafes in Tehran as well as other Iranian cities.
But today, coffee consumption in Iran is on the rise. The Customs Administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran reports officially, that 8,000 metric tons of coffee are imported each year. Iran’s parallel import market probably means the true figure is higher. Working from the official figure, and assuming that each cup of coffee represents 7 grams, Iran’s total consumption equates to 1.1 billion cups of coffee each year (Italy, a country with 20 million fewer people, consumes a staggering 14 billion cups of coffee each year.)