Barcelona wins its star on world coffee map.
Interestingly enough, it is now on the eve of the year in which we celebrate Columbus's voyage and the Olympic games, that Barcelona again is making full use of its unique Catalan energy and strong sense of tradition.
Being host city to the 1992 Olympic Games seems to have brought an unprecedented boom in construction and renewal to Barcelona, but actually much of the activity is part of a decade-long movement toward a new position for the city and port in the framework of the European Community. Barcelona sees itself as Spain's gateway to the EEC, as the capital of a significant European region (Catalonia) and as the EEC's rising sunbelt mega-city. In all these self images, the Port area figures as a major playing card. To this end, Barcelona is realizing one of Europe's most ambitious port area renovation projects which will in effect return the old center port area to the people of the city for cultural and recreational activities and create a huge new port area that will offer state-of-the art transportation and distribution possibilities.
General Stats: Barcelona is Spain's largest port, with a traffic of more than 18 million m. tons in 1990. It features 20 km of wharfs and berths; 179,000 sq.m. of covered warehousing, 1.1 million sq.m. of uncovered storage areas. In 1990, 71% of the general cargo was containerized. Barcelona has regular shipping service from 250 lines, and is connected directly with over 400 ports worldwide. By road, the port is only 150 km from the French border.
Coffee Stats: Barcelona's port services have national and (increasingly) an international coffee cliental. Barcelona is Spain's leading coffee port, but its long experience in coffee handling is built on serving a vigorous regional coffee roasting industry. There are 45 roasters in the province of Catalonia, and nearby roasting plants include the quite large facilities of Nestle Espana and Marcilla (Douwe Egberts).
Certainly the most important news in coffee for Barcelona has been the awarding of tenderable designation by the London and Paris/Le Havre terminal markets. This became operable in June of this year, and opens the potential for a new age in coffee handling. With terminal market designation, Barcelona becomes the only port in the Western Mediterranean directly linked to the international market scene (Trieste is the only other terminal market port in the Sea).
To date, the only warehouse with terminal market designation in the Port is Barcelona International Terminal (BIT). This is a full-serviced, bonded, coffee and cocoa dedicated warehousing operation that opened with a new warehouse structure in 1986. Since then capacity has been increased by almost 50% and a further increase is planned. As of this writing, BIT held 155,000 bags of coffee, 55,000 bags of cocoa.
Barcelona has come to rank among the top Mediterranean traffic centers in African and Brazilian coffees. Adding to this, the Port is now looking forward to significant growth in Far East coffee traffic. The Port received a record 107,740 m. tons of coffee in 1990. This marks an increase of 18% over the landings in 1989--an increase of 50% over the coffee handling tonnage of 1987.
About 50% of the coffee coming into Barcelona is produced by African nations. The leading ports of origin in 1990 were Douala with 21,000 tons, Mombasa with 15,000 tons, Abidjan with 9,900 tons, Santos with 7,700 tons, Singapore with 7,600 tons and Cartagena with 4,800 tons. The surge of coffee into Barcelona last year is almost entirely due to sharply increased traffic from the ports of Douala, Mombasa, Santos, Singapore and Cartagena. Coffee shipping from Douala almost doubled in course of the past year.
In sum, Barcelona received coffee from 112 ports in 1990, although the 23 leading ports of origin represented 86% of the coffee shipped.
Total coffee tonnage in 1987 = 71,365; 1988 = 86,072; 1989 = 90,926; and 1990 = 107,740.
During the first four months of this year (Jan-April 1991), Barcelona received 38,090 tons of coffee. This marks a gain of 13% over the same period of 1990. Rolling back 12 months from the end of April 1991, the year total in coffee handling in Barcelona reaches 112,252 metric tons.
Masiques 100th marked by BIT market designation
Masiques Enterprises is a century-old firm operating in the Port of Barcelona. The president of the company is Jose Miguel Masiques, the grandson of the founder.
Masiques is a custom broker and forwarding agent with a long-term and significant involvement with coffees and cocoa landed in Barcelona. This participation has been heightened by the successful operations of a joint venture between Masiques and SGS--the warehousing entity of Barcelona International Terminal, S.A. (BIT). BIT is nominated by London Fox from July 1, 1991 for coffees--Arabicas and Robustas--landed in the Port of Barcelona.
This past year, the BIT warehouse handled 49,000 tons of coffee.
In launching a second century of service to the Port of Barcelona, the company is also reaffirming its growing interaction with the Spanish and international coffee trade and industry as a logistical service in green coffee transport, handling and distribution.
Leading Ports of Origin for Coffee into Barcelona Metric Tons PORT 1990 1989 Douala 21,106 10,583 Mombasa 15,270 11,302 Abidjan 9,940 9,192 Santos 7,703 5,095 Singapore 7,573 6,868 Cartagena 4,800 3,436 Puerto Principe 2,845 3,029 San Pedro Macoris 2,066 2,836 Buenos Aires 2,039 1,024 Asuncion 1,737 3,301 Santo Thomas C. 1,551 900 Dar Es Salaam 1,536 3,024 Puerto Cortes 1,472 89 Vitoria 1,467 2,036 La Spezzia 1,392 378 Surabaya 1,312 Rio 1,027 1,410 Callao 1,006 1,281 Montevideo 997 837 Palma de Majorca 897 796 Tamatave 891 1,000 Puerto Limon 879 404 Bombay 836 493
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|Title Annotation:||includes related article; coffee roasting, trading|
|Publication:||Tea & Coffee Trade Journal|
|Date:||Aug 1, 1991|
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