Brazil Strengthens Position as Top Coffee Producer
- Brazil had its largest coffee harvest ever in 2018—61.7 million bags, equivalent to 3.7 million tonnes—surpassing its previous record for an on-year crop in 2016 by about 20 percent, a report by CONAB shows. The harvest also topped 2017’s off-year crop by 37 percent. Coffee, especially the arabica variety, hasalternating years of heavy and light crops. Arabica is Brazil’s dominant coffee type, and production of this variety was 47.5 million bags, equal to 2.85 million tonnes. Production of the robusta variety, also called conilon, was 14.2 million bags, or 852,000 tonnes. Bountiful flowering, helped by favorable weather, and the expanded use of more productive, cloned varieties, contributed to the bumper crop, according to CONAB, which provides Brazilian subnational agricultural commodities data.