Was Ethiopian Coffee Affected by the East Africa Drought?

Ethiopia is the world's seventh largest coffee producer, but crops in some coffee farms - including areas where the some of the highest quality Ethiopian coffee is grown - in Southern Ethiopia have come to a halt because of the drought and a serious lack of rain.


Bad climate conditions have already negatively affected some plants Colombian coffee beans (read more about declined Colombian coffee bean production here). Now, Ethiopian coffee plants also are reported to be impacted by devastating weather conditions.

On the other hand, some coffee exporters in Ethiopia predict a larger than usual crop this year albeit delayed because of continuing rainfall now taking place there causing a delay in the ripening of the coffee cherries.

According to them, there are no concerns for reduced coffee production since it's raining already for three months in all of Ethiopia, and also the coffee which is grown in the highlands was not that much affected by the East Africa drought.

Ethiopia is the largest African coffee producer.

See the full report here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/oct/04/drought-ethiopia-coffee-climate-change-cocoa

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