Wet weather will cut coffee output in Colombia, the world’s biggest producer of mild arabica beans, by 20 percent in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period this year, the head of the growers federation said on Wednesday.
Output is already expected to drop by a third in the fourth quarter of this year, also due to heavy rains. The cloud cover that comes with bad weather can also damage the flowering of coffee trees. The country produced 6.37 million 60-kg bags in the first half of 2017. Output for this year will be below a previously predicted 14 million bags. It would not surprise me if we finished this year with production of between 13.8 and 13.9 million bags.
By S. Kamal Hayder Kazmi
(Pakistan &Gulf Economist)