The harvest at Cooxupe, Brazil’s largest cooperative, is about 10 percent behind normal, but drier weather in recent days should allow the harvest to speed up to near normal levels.
Heavy rains early in the season have slowed Brazil’s harvest this year. Cooxupe representatives recently told Reuters that farmers in the 200 towns from which the cooperative collects beans had harvested 43 percent of their crop by the end of last week. Typically by this time of year, some 55 to 60 percent of the crop is harvested. According to reports obtained by Reuters, Brazil is expected to produce between 50 and 55 million 60 kg bags of coffee this year.
“Compared with 2010 and 2011, there is a significant gap, but the good weather has helped us close the harvest numbers. And the forecast for the next days is for good weather, which will help,” Cooxupe representative Jose Eduardo Santos Junior told Reuters.