Weak El Nino could spur Colombia coffee revival
The weak incarnation of El Nino which meterologists increasingly believe is currently rolling out could prove a boon to Colombia’s coffee industry, by boosting production without favouring also a major disease.
Coffee growers in Columbia have struggled in recent years as a result of unfavourable weather, which has encouraged the spread of roya fungus and damaged flowering, and exacerbated a downturn from a replanting programme.
Colombia’s output of arabica coffee – of which it is the second largest grower behind Brazil, and the top producer of high quality beans – has fallen below the 50-year average of 11m 60-kg bags for the past four years.
Output dipped below 8m bags last season to the lowest level in three decades.