Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | December 20, 2011

La Niña creates “scarcity” of Arabica coffee beans

Colombia’s coffee production is expected to drop as the rains of La Niña hurt crops. Colombian output will likely be 8.5 million to 9.5 million bags next year, according to Luis Muñoz, head of the National Federation of Coffee Growers. Last May, he forecasted 2012 output as much as 11 million bags.

Moreover, with landslides, and inundated roads and rivers, it is difficult to get coffee to the port at Buenaventura. A coffee bag weighs 60 kilograms or 132 pounds.

Lower output in Colombia has contributed to a “scarcity” of Arabica beans and a drop in global inventories equivalent to about two months of consumption.

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