Price Premiums for Fine Guatemalan Coffee at Historic Levels

A Price Premium of between $30 and $35 per quintal is being paid when it was between $8 and $12.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The president of the National Association of Coffee in Guatemala, Christian Rasch, said that although revenues from coffee exports have fallen by 45%, demand for the product continues to rise, which is demonstrated by the price premium being paid for it.

In an article in, Rasch said that the drop in foreign exchange earnings is caused by the decline in the price of commodities and the contract "displacement" phenomenon, which means that "instead of selling in February, they decide to sell in April."

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More Downward Pressure on Price of Coffee

December 2012

Very good harvests in Vietnam and Brazil, and a drop in European demand are the factors affecting prices, which continue to decline.

Added to a persistent decline in the international prices, is the extensive affect on Central American harvests of the "Roya" blight, that is affecting an estimated 80% of plantations. The effects of the pest will be felt not only in the present harvest, but in the next.

Coffee Prices Continue to Fall

March 2012

The price of a quintal has fallen below $200 due to a Brazilian "superharvest", with industry leaders recommending caution.

On Tuesday March 6th a quintal of coffee traded at $192.95 on the New York Stock Exchange, down 4.24%, lower again than at the beginning of the week when it was recorded at $201.5.

Coffee prices stabilize in the international market

December 2008

The price of coffee in the international market have stabilized at around $110 per 60 kilo sack.

Throughout November 2008 the prices recorded in the "C" contract in the New York Stock Exchange fluctuated around $100.

Esther Eskenasy, market analysis for the National Coffee Association (Anacafe), explained that on Monday 8th, the US Department of Agriculture had lowered global coffee production for the 2008/2009 harvest, and this helped to stabilize the coffee prices.

Colombian Coffee Scarcity Distorts Markets

June 2009

The scarce supply of Colombian coffee is causing big distortions in international markets.

In New York’s market, premium Colombian coffee is trading at very high prices, averaging $0.70 per pound, because of the shortage in supply from the South American country, caused by bad climate and a plan for reforestation.

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