Coffee becomes more and more popular in China, just followed by tea. The amount of China's imports of coffee has dramatically increased from 13,900 tons in 1998 to 59,200 tons in 2015. To respond this increased demand, Chongqing municipality, Southwest China, is going to build the country’s largest instant-coffee factory to cater the demands of customers.
The factory is scheduled to be completed in 2018, and will cost 1 billion yuan ($145 million). Ideally, this largest factory will produce 10,000 tons of freeze-dried coffee, 2,000 tons of liquid coffee concentrate and 3,000 tons of baked coffee beans per year. The freeze-dried manufacturing technique allows coffee powder to be dissolved faster and even to be brewed in cold water without losing the coffee's aroma.