Brazilian farmers had harvested 89% of the 2022-2023 campaign coffee crop by August 9, matching the pace seen at this point last season, but still lagging slightly behind the five-year average of 91 %, said the consulting firm Safras & Mercado.
The analyst of safras coffee, Gil Barbachsaid the robusta coffee harvest is basically ready, while farmers in the arabica areas are in the final stages.
Dry weather has helped farmers catch up after initial fieldwork delays this year, but rains have reached some coffee-producing areas this week and could hamper the harvest for a couple of days.
Farmers report mixed results from the field, with some complaining of losses.
The farmer Fernando Barbosafrom the main coffee region of Minas Gerais, said that some producers are seeing smaller grains due to excessive drought, which ends up reducing the harvest.
He added that many bushes are already showing initial flower buds, the first stage for next year’s harvest.