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Colombia reports sharp fall in coffee production in May due to excessive rains, less sunlight

Colombia has produced 4.06 million bags so far in 2023, down 9% from 4.47 million bags in the same period last year. Likewise, 12-month production fell 14% to 10.6 million bags, from almost 12.4 million bags in the previous equivalent period

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MILAN – Coffee production in Colombia, the world’s largest producer of mild-washed Arabicas, fell sharply in May to 806,000 60-kg bags, a 21% decrease compared to the same month of 2022, the National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC) reports in its most recent update. The year-on-year drop is still due to rainfall, FNC said on Saturday.

Cloudiness and reduced sunlight with below-average temperatures increased the time necessary to complete fruit formation and the ripening process.

Colombia has produced 4.06 million bags so far in 2023, down 9% from 4.47 million bags in the same period last year.

Likewise, 12-month production fell 14% to 10.6 million bags, from almost 12.4 million bags in the previous equivalent period.

Coffee exports in May were 10% down at 846,000 bags. Shipments over the last 12 months exceeded 10.7 million bags.

Coffees from 23 Colombian departments were present at World of Coffee in Athens, Greece. In 2023, the participation of Café de Colombia in world expos highlights the variety of origins, Colombian coffee attributes, cup profiles, and coffee production 365 days a year, all framed within the slogan Land of Many Origins.

Participation in international coffee fairs makes Colombia visible as a country producing the best mild coffee in the world, as well as its 548,000 coffee grower families, said FNC in a press release.

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