GLOBAL – A new report from the World Population Review report of 2023 has ranked Ethiopia as the coffee leader of the African continent and the fourth worldwide at 0.384 million tonnes (MT), focusing on fifty countries that produce coffee on their soil.

Still, on the Africa listing, Uganda came second with 0.288 MT and position eight globally. Africa in general contributed 22 countries that made it to the top 50 in the listing.

Brazil remains a dominant coffee producer at number one with 2.59 MT followed by Vietnam, Colombia, and Indonesia, with 1.64MT, 0.8MT, and 0.65MT, respectively.

According to the report, the most commonly implemented form of coffee production in Brazil is by way of the dry process. The coffee is not cleansed with water, which is called a wet process.

In addition, the Kopi Luwak coffee bean, one of rarest coffees in the Western world, from Indonesia, is one of the priciest beans across the globe.

The country is home to about one-and-a-half million different farmers who operate coffee farms and production companies of their own, the report notes.

Meanwhile, in the new coffee report on markets and trade by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the world coffee production for 2022/23 is forecast to rebound by 6.6 million bags from the previous year to 172.8 million due primarily to Brazil’s Arabica crop entering the on-year of the biennial production cycle.

Brazil is forecasted to have an up from 4.5 million bags to 62.6 million. Output gains are expected to rebuild stocks, resulting in bean exports dropping 2.6 million bags to 33.0 million.

Its Arabica output is projected to rebound from 3.4 million bags to 39.8 million. However, this quantity is well below recent on-year crops that peaked at nearly 50 million bags.

The Robusta harvest is forecasted to continue expanding to reach a record 22.8 million bags, up 1.1 million, as favorable weather conditions and good crop management aided fruit settings and development in the main growing region of Espirito Santo.

Indonesia’s production is in turn forecast to rise by nearly 800,000 bags to 11.4 million, with Robusta’s output expected to reach 10.0 million bags under favorable growing conditions. Arabica production is also expected to rise to 1.4 million bags. Bean exports are forecast to gain 300,000 bags to 6.6 million on increased supplies.

The United States, the second-largest importer of coffee beans, is forecast to down its import bags by 500,000 to 24.8 million.

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