JUN 11–8:50a.m. Update–Brazil’s southern coffee town of Poços de Caldas, which is located on the border between Sao Paulo state and Southern Minas, reported coffee frost for the second day in a row with temperatures as low as 3°C on Sunday and trees with ripe fruit were extended to temperatures between +3°C and +4°C for as much as three hours.
*In the southern-most coffee producing states of Parana, meanwhile, temperatures reached between +2°C and +3° early Sunday, Brazil’s National Institute of Meteorology (INMET) said in a weather report, adding that coffee growers expressed concern over the “intense cold” that persisted for most of the weekend. On Saturday temperatures were as cold as +1°
*Coffee frost starts when temperatures dip below +3 to +4°C where coffee can suffer damage but so far no damage has been reported.
*Multiple news outlets in Brazil report that this weekend’s cold front has potentially led to new historic LOWS for cold and frosty weather in Sao Paulo and Parana; https://www.climatempo.com.br/noticia/2017/06/11/recorde-de-frio-em-sao-paulo-4558
*Para mais detalhes; https://www.terra.com.br/noticias/climatempo/o-mundo-do-cafe-mudou,a9c29cd1c444869fda08929b8b3d791dihyhp4m6.html
JUN 10–8a.m. Update–Brazil’s southern coffee town of Poços de Caldas, which is located on the border between Sao Paulo state and Southern Minas, reports frost with temperatures as low as 3°C at dawn Saturday. Coffee frost starts when temperatures dip below 3 to 4°C where coffee can suffer damage. Temperatures are forecast to dip to 3°C again during the night to Sunday. No frost damage has been reported to coffee so far.
BREAKING: First 2017 Frost Alert Out For Brazil’s Sul de Minas, Parana, Sao Paulo Coffee Region
JUN 6, 2017 (SpillingTheBeans)–The first frost alert has been issued for the 2017-18 harvest in the Brazilian coffee belt of Southern Minas, Parana and Sao Paulo between June 10 to 11, weather forecasters in the world’s largest grower and exporter said. During the up-coming weekend temperatures can potentially dip below +3/+4 degrees Celcius, at which point ripe coffee cherries and leafs can suffer damage and, if exposed for several hours or longer, can result in such severe impact that the damage turn into crop losses.
Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry’s crop forecasting agency Conab has pegged the new 2017-18 coffee crop to drop to as low as 45.563 million 60-kilogram bags, down from 51.369 million bags in the last 2016-17 bumper crop. This is well below the balance of minimum 53-54 million bags required to meet domestic demand of 21 million bags and export demand of at least 33 million bags.
The world coffee market is currently in a precarious situation where coffee crops in most of the world’s producing countries continue to suffer negative effects from climate change and years of low prices. Brazil’s coffee industry has for months been debating the necessity of issuing an historic green bean import quota in order to keep up with demand from the country’s processing and roasting stakeholders as well as exporters eager to keep shipments at par with the leves of recent years.
*Para leer mas en el Blog de Café haga click: http://spilling-the-beans.net/blog-de-cafe-frio-preocupa-produtor-de-cafe-do-sul-de-mg-e-mogiana-paulista/
See more details about the latest frost alert here: http://sma.fundacaoabc.org/previsao_tempo/geada
Last year frost damage hit many farms and regions in Southern Minas, Cerrado, Sao Paulo and Parana, and even though the total damage numbers stayed well below 1 million bags, a figure of losses of some 500,000 bags — as per estimations by private growers associations and industry officials — result in less coffee available to the industry and consumers at a time when the market can ill afford more shortfalls.
Stay tuned for more news on the harvest and frost developments in Brazil HERE at SpillingTheBeans.