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Colombian coffee production falls 6% in November on persistent bad weather conditions due to La Niña

Colombian coffee production falls 6% in November on persistent bad weather conditions due to La Niña

December15 - 2022

Coffee Geography Magazine


Registered coffee production in Colombia, the world’s largest producer of mild washed Arabica, fell 6% to 1,060,000 60-kg bags of green coffee from over 1,1 million bags produced in the same month of November 2021. So far this year (January-November), production exceeded 10.1 million bags, down 10% from the almost 11.2 million bags produced in the same previous period. In the last 12 months (December 2021-November 2022), production was close to 11.5 million bags, down 11% from the over 12.9 million bags harvested a year ago. And in the coffee year, production exceeded 1.9 million bags, down 9% from the over 2.1 million produced in the same previous period.

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In the last 12 months, coffee exports fell 8% to 11.5 million bags from the almost 12.6 million exported a year earlier. In November, exports declined 25% to 854,000 60-kg bags of green coffee from more than 1.1 million bags exported in the same month of 2021. YTD coffee exports fell 8% to almost 10.4 million 60-kg bags from the almost 11.3 million bags put on international markets a year ago. And in the coffee year, exports are almost 1.8 million bags, down 15% from the more than 2.1 million exported in the same previous period.

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Coffee production in Colombia has a reputation for producing mild, well-balanced coffee beans. The first coffee crops were planted in the eastern part of the country. In 1808 the first commercial production was registered with 100 green coffee bags (60 kg each) that were exported from the port of Cucuta, near the border with Venezuela. A priest named Francisco Romero is attributed to have been very influential in the propagation of the crop in the northeast region of the country.