Spotty summer showers will drastically pull down this year’s coffee bean output to almost half of a normal year’s yield, according to the Coffee Board as well as planters.
The dip will hit the domestic coffee industry for the second successive coffee year. Growers are yet to recover from last year’s devastating floods that washed away some plantations entirely in Kodagu and Wayanad.
The country’s annual coffee harvest is done between December and February. This season, fresh blossoms were delayed and the quality of berry/cherry formation was adversely affected due to uneven April showers. This situation would lead to a coffee crop decline of 40-50%, they told The Hindu.