BOGOTÁ, Colombia – The registered year-to-date production of coffee in Colombia, the world’s largest producer of mild washed Arabica, fell to 3.26 million 60-kg bags, down 6% from the 3.46 million bags produced in the same previous period.
In April, production fell 25% to 566,000 60-kg bags from the 750,000 bags produced in the same month of 2022.
In the last 12 months (May 2022-April 2023), production fell 9% to almost 10.9 million bags from 12 million bags a year earlier.
And so far this coffee year (October 2022-April 2023), production was close to 6.2 million bags, down 11% from almost 7 million bags in the same previous period.
The crop volume reduction was explained by increased rainfall in the coffee regions, after three years of La Niña, and lower fertilization levels as a result of high prices of this important input.
Coffee exports from Colombia fall 9% in the last 12 months
In April, Coffee exports from Colombia fell 15% to 719,000 60-kg bags of green coffee from 848,000 bags sold abroad in the same month of 2022.
YTD exports were close to 3.4 million bags, down 15% from almost 4 million bags exported in the same previous period.
In the last 12 months, exports fell 9% to 10.8 million bags versus the 11.9 million exported a year earlier.
And so far this coffee year, exports topped 6.2 million bags, down 14% from almost 7.3 million bags exported in the same previous period.