International Price of Coffee Rises

The dry weather in Brazil drove up the price of arabica coffee by 23% in a week, but the upward trend is not expected to last.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

On Tuesday coffee prices reached their highest levels in several months caused by dry weather in Brazil, the largest producer and exporter in the world, which could affect the next crop.

"The price of Arabica increased by 23% in a week and 36% since last November, when it reached its lowest price in seven years (100.95 cents per pound)."

"But at the moment there is no guarantee that the rising price of coffee will continue. Because if it rains in Brazil in the coming weeks (...) prices would fall as sharply as they have increased," said commodities specialist at Capital Economics, Thomas Pugh.

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The variety of coffee which is considered the best quality, is starting to have disadvantages compared to the robusta variety, both due to changes in consumer trends, as well as price.

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