Brazil's Coffee Crop Surges for a Third Year

Brazil's Coffee Crop Surges for a Third Year

Brazil is expected to report its third consecutive year of coffee production growth, a rarity in the country's 144-year coffee history. This growth is primarily due to the increased production of robusta coffee beans, which are commonly used in instant coffee. The usual biennial production cycle of arabica coffee has been disrupted by extreme weather events such as droughts and frosts in 2020 and 2021. Since then, improved farming methods, like better irrigation, have helped robusta production thrive. Robusta trees do not experience the same biennial fluctuation as arabica and are less susceptible to frost. Yields of robusta have increased by 50% over the past decade. Brazil's robusta production is rising as Vietnam, the main producer of robusta, faces weather challenges. Brazil's total coffee production could match a record increase last seen from 1989 to 1992, with projections estimating a crop of 58 million bags in 2024.

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