Costa Rica’s coffee exports declined 9.8% in July, owing mostly to fewer amounts of available beans, according to officials from the country’s coffee institute, ICAFE.
According to ICAFE data, Costa Rica exported 124,843 60-kg bags last month, compared to 138,386 bags the previous month.
According to ICAFE Director Xinia Chaves, the July dip comes after four months of increased monthly exports, and is mostly attributable to fewer accessible coffee beans as a result of a smaller-than-expected harvest.
A local labour scarcity, according to Chaves, is also a significant factor.
Costa Rica exports more than 80% of its entire coffee harvest, while being one of Central America’s lesser coffee growers. It is noted for its high-quality beans.
Exports totalled 988,703 bags in the first ten months of the current 2020/2021 harvesting season, up around 1% over the same 10-month period the previous 2019/2020 harvesting season.
The coffee harvest season has arrived in Central America and Mexico, which produce nearly a fifth of the world’s coffee.