Brazil,the world’s largest grower and exporter,faced some of the coldest weather in six years in major arabica-bean areas. The most-intense polar air mass since 2013.
Frosts were reported in several agricultural areas in Brazil over the weekend, including coffee and sugarcane production regions.Sugar companies and coffee cooperatives sent agronomists to the fields for a better evaluation.
Brazil’s Cooxupe Coop CONFIRMS frost damage in “numerous” Southern Minas coffee growing regions.
Brazil frost damage hits coffee growing regions in Southern Minas, Cerrado, Sao Paulo and Parana.
Coffee regions hit with frost damage include Nova Resende and Divisa Nova in Southern Minas, the Patrocinio area in the Cerrado region, Pinhalao in Parana and Sarutaia in Sao Paulo.
The most-intense polar air mass since 2013 brought frost to most of the coffee lowlands and affected sugar-cane plantations in the southern region of Mato Grosso do Sul and Sao Paulo state. The areas produce premium arabica beans preferred by Starbucks Corp. Farmers and agronomists said Sunday they expect damage, though no immediate estimates were available.
“While frost occurred in many states, it was probably limited to areas where there is a little coffee planted , It probably reached mostly the leaves, which can partially recover for the next harvest.” Nelson Salvaterra, a broker at Rio de Janeiro-based Coffee New Selection.
Initial impressions indicated frost affected 5% to 10% of the arabica crop with serious damage, said Regis Ricco Alves, a director at consulting company RR Consultoria Rural in Alfenas, Minas Gerais.
“It’s still too early to make a proper analysis and assessment of the full extent of the damage, ” Hernando de La Roche, senior vice president of trading for INTL FCStone in Miami.
“We are still evaluating, but it seems clear that there will be some impact to production,” Minasul President José Marcos Magalhães told Reuters on Monday.
Brazil is in the middle of coffee harvesting, and any impact would be felt only in next year’s crop. Traders were expecting a record crop in 2020, when the country returns to the on-year in the biennial arabica cycle. But it is unclear now whether production could surpass the 2018 record near 62 million 60-kg (132 lb) bags.