Tropical Storm Damages Coffee Plants in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and More of Central America
Coffee plants in Central America - supplying about 10% of the world's coffee - are being damaged and seriously threatened by the destructive weather conditions that continues to slam the region. The tropical storm, violent rains and winds have already claimed scores of lives and caused much damage across Central America.
Guatemala was worst hit by the tropical depression that struck the region last Wednesday and caused flooding, mudslides, high winds and lightning strikes. Dozens have been reported dead, scores injured, tens of thousands evacuated and displaced and thousands of homes have been damaged in the storm.
Violent rains and winds are damaging the coffee crop in Honduras and Guatemala, important Arabica coffee bean producers, tearing ripe and unripe coffee "cherries" off the trees and damaging coffee beans so badly that they can't be sold anymore.
This happens in a time when thousands of farmers in Honduras - Central America's largest coffee producer - Guatemala, El Salvador, and neighboring countries are preparing to harvest much of the crop of this season, but the violent weather conditions make it difficult for them to harvest and store the coffee beans; and coffee roasters around the world who kept an eye on this year's coffee production in those countries are now losing hope.
The bad weather conditions and damaged crop are driving coffee prices up around the world.
Shortage of Arabica coffee beans has also been predicted in Colombia due to the bad weather conditions, winds and heavy rains that caused damage to the coffee plants. Read more on the Colombian coffee shortage of Arabica coffee beans due and soaring prices due to declined Colombian coffee bean production