Colombia is one of the only coffee producing countries where most even tiny small-holder growers regularly have renovated and replanted trees, with a majority of the soils seeing a complete replanting every 12 to 15 years. Since the rust crisis broke out in earnest officially supported renovation efforts have picked up significantly and Fedecafe has reported that in the last five years since 2008 a total of 533,000 hectares were replanted. Of that area 74 percent was replanted with rust-resistant varieties and the total area replanted represents over half of the Colombian coffee park estimated at a little over 900,000 hectares. By May 2013 signs of real recovery started to emerge and SpillingTheBeans – who during the years in multiple different coffee reporting assignments has reported on the Colombian coffee growers struggle to recover – was the first to report that Colombian production in the 2012-13 harvest year was firmly on track to return to levels of at least 9 to 9.5 million bags. SpillingTheBeans also predicted that if friendly weather would prevail and allow for an early and healthy harvest of the 2013-14 crop to start already in September, Colombia could potentially start to approach double-digit production numbers again. Coffee production in the 2012-13 would go on to do exactly that, with total national output ending at 9.9 million bags at the end of the cycle on Sep. 30th.
Origin Focus December 3, 2013