Brazil’s robusta coffee harvest this year is not just a record in volume terms but, at 36%, represents an unusually large proportion of total coffee output too for the top producing country.
But exports aren’t following the script. In July to September, the first three months of Brazil’s 2022-23 coffee marketing year, robusta accounted for just 422,000 bags, equivalent to 4.4% of the country’s total shipments.
That is the worst start to a marketing year, on absolute and relative terms, since 2017, when Brazil’s robusta output was particularly undermined by prolonged drought.
The comparison illustrates the extent of the draw on supplies from Brazil’s own roasters, and notably its soluble coffee industry.
|Brazil’s Q1 coffee exports lag, despite strong harvest
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|Sources: Cecafe, Conab, GrainPriceNews