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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