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Yearly estimates are still valid

  • Despite the fall in the crop harvested in the midst of the current health situation, the good production trends aim at reaching a sixth year in a row with average production close to 14 million bags.
  • “Production forecast for 2020 is between 13.5 and 14.6 million bags. When looking at accumulated production in the last 12 months, it is 13.9 million bags, which is within the expected range,” Roberto Vélez, the FNC CEO, said.

Bogotá, November 5, 2020 (FNC Press Office) – In October, registered production of coffee in Colombia, the world’s largest producer of mild washed Arabica coffee, was almost 1.2 million 60-kg bags, down 15% from almost the 1.4 million bags produced in October 2019.

So far this year (January-October), coffee production reached 10.7 million bags, down 7% from the 11.6 million bags produced in the first 10 months of last year.

And in the last 12 months (November 2019-October 2020), production was 13.9 million bags, down 2% from the 14.1 million bags produced a year earlier.

Each year has its own harvest distribution, and 2020 has been particularly different. According to blooming counts by the National Coffee Research Center (Cenicafé), last September showed a very high harvest peak, which is atypical, but October was a peak in a smaller number of coffee regions.

Likewise, November and December show significant harvest percentages throughout the country.

Exports fall 14% in October

In October, coffee exports were 1 million 41,000 bags, down 14% from the 1.2 million 60-kg bags exported in the same month of 2019.

YTD exports exceeded 9.9 million 60-kg bags, down 11% from the 11.1 million bags exported between January and October 2019.

And with 12.5 million 60-kg bags, Colombian coffee exports in the last 12 months fell 9% from the more than 13.6 million bags exported a year earlier.