Coffee industry in Latin America – statistics & facts
There are a few crops in the world that can claim such global and undisputable popularity as coffee. Since the 19th century, Latin America and the Caribbean nations have become key coffee producers, exporters, and consumers. Even with the challenges brought by climate change and inflation, among others, Latin America and the Caribbean accounted for nearly 60 percent of worldwide coffee production in 2022, with South America consistently being the largest coffee producer in the world. Latin America's different climates provide an ideal growing environment for balanced and consistent coffee beans.
In recent years, the coffee industry in Latin America and the Caribbean has seen the impacts of climate change. While Brazil had lower rainfall and a dry spell that was longer than usual, Colombia experienced more rain than in previous years, causing production to decrease in coffee years 2021/22 and 2022/23. Other factors, such as increased global and regional consumption, as well as food inflation, represented a significant jump in value, particularly when it came to exports. Productivity has bounced back in the coffee year 2022/23 and is forecast to increase in countries like Brazil, but extreme weather conditions are likely to continue affecting coffee production in the region.
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P. Navarro Villa
Research expert covering food and agriculture in Latin America