A combination of disease and aging plants has left the Mexican coffee industry with one of its smallest harvests in recent years.
Last week, the National Union of Coffee Producers predicted that crop levels for the current 2015-16 season could be as low as 1.5 million bags of coffee – a fifty percent decline compared to last year’s 3 million total.
Previously on World Coffee Press, we have highlighted the practice of coffee smuggling in Tanzania and Uganda.
Then, it was a tale of tax evasion, greed, and subterfuge. This time around, however, it is a story of the depths that some within the industry have to plunge to in order to meet contractual obligations in the face of coffee rust disease.
For the first time, there is proof that coffee from Guatemala and Honduras is finding its way across borders and into Mexico – a reversal of the trend that used to see beans head the other way in search of higher premiums.
The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has been running their Cup of Excellence program since it was first launched in Brazil in 1999. Since that maiden event, the Cup of Excellence (COE) has grown to include – at one point – eleven different coffee producing nations and countless farmers.
At the moment there are twelve different COE events covering ten countries.
For those in the trade who are on the hunt for the best coffee in the world, it’s a much-loved event and for those farmers and plantation workers it is a vital part of the calendar – a good score from the COE judges can increase the value of their handiwork increase exponentially.