New Generation of Russians Choose Coffee Instead of Vodka

By The Public Ledger, PRNE
Monday, June 13, 2011

LONDON, June 14, 2011 -

Beer and vodka consumption in Russia is in danger of declining,
as the country’s younger generation snub tradition in favour of a
cup of coffee, says The Public Ledger, a leading news,
analysis and information source for the global commodities

Demand for coffee in the country could double in the next three
years amid spiralling consumption from the country’s
forward-thinking younger consumers, according to Aziz Narzikulov,
chief executive at Sib Coffee in Russia, who has been involved in
the roasting and production of coffee for more than a decade.

Narzikulov observed that a new generation in Russia has helped
demand increase by over 10% during the past few years.

“Compared with other parts of Europe, Russia still doesn’t drink
a lot of coffee. Per capita consumption is around 1.5kg. But in the
next three or four years we can easily double this number,” he told
The Public Ledger. “But people are lazy so we need to
globally advertise its benefits. It’s much easier to bring coffee
to people than bring people to coffee.”

In 2010, Russian imports of unroasted coffee grew by 12% to
86,713 tonnes, compared with 77,508 tonnes in 2009 and 65,031
tonnes the year before.

“Coffee is a really good product. If you don’t drink too much of
it, it’s healthy. I believe that coffee can change Russian culture.
Over the last 15 or 20 years people have mostly been drinking beer.
I’ve seen people drink beer on a bus. It’s not normal,” Narzikulov
continues. “But back then was a really difficult time for

However, consumers’ mentalities are changing. “Young people are
thinking in a new way. They don’t want to be bandits. They want to
be happy and they like new, modern products. Coffee to them is a
symbol of enthusiasm, freedom and democracy. They really like it,”
explains Narzikulov. “I am talking about people between 15 and 35
years old. They want to sit in the coffee shop and talk with each
other; not go to a party, drink vodka, and then beat each other


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