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Colombian Coffee Crop Reaches 13.8 Million Bags in Last 12 Months

December, 2015

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Colombian Coffee Crop Reaches 13.8 Million Bags in Last 12 Months

With these historic production levels, Colombia has recovered its leading role as a producer of mild washed Arabica coffee, but producers’ profitability still faces challenges as a result of low international prices.


Colombia, the world’s largest producer of mild washed Arabica coffee, recorded a production of 13.8 million 60-kilo bags in the last 12 months (December 2014 - November 2015), up 13% compared to almost 12.2 million bags harvested in the same previous period.

In the first eleven months of 2015, Colombian coffee production exceeded 12.7 million bags, 15% higher than the 11 million bags recorded between January and November 2014.

Only in November, coffee production was up 19% and exceeded 1.3 million 60-kilo bags.

As underlined in the last 82nd National Congress of Coffee Growers, the highest authority of coffee growers, with these historic production levels Colombia has recovered its leading role as producer of mild washed Arabica coffee. 

But current international prices continue posing profitability challenges to coffee farmers, due to higher production costs, in particular for labor force and fertilizers. In addition, there is a higher proportion of lower-density beans as a result of the El Niño, whose poor rains in some regions have affected the filling of cherries.

Production – Last 12 Months
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Year-to-Date Production
(60-kg bags)
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Production - November 2015
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Colombian Coffee Exports Grow 15%
In line with increase in production, Colombian coffee exports also kept a good growth pace. During the last 12 months, coffee exports exceeded 12.5 million 60-kilo bags, 15% up from the 10.9 million bags exported in the same previous period. 

Between January and November 2015, coffee exports grew 16% to reach nearly 11.5 million bags. And in November, exports were 1 million 89 thousand bags, 7% more compared to 1 million 19 thousand bags sent abroad in November 2014.

Exports - Last 12 months

(60-kg bags)
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Year-to-Date Exports

(60-kg bags)
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Exports - November 2015
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These historic levels of production and exports are largely the result of the ambitious program of renovation and modernization of coffee plantations with varieties more resistant to diseases such as rust and better adapted to climate variability. 

The figures also confirm Colombia, and particularly the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC), as a reliable supplier of high-quality beans for the global industry.

You are invited to learn more about our coffee family and our products, visiting the COLOMBIAN COFFEE INSIGHTS sections on the top of this page.