Supply Surplus Weighs on Global Coffee Prices

3 September 2019

The ICO composite indicator fell by 6.7% to 96.07 US cents/lb in August 2019, compared to July 2019 and by 13.6% from a high of 111.21 US cents/lb in October 2018. The daily composite indicator has averaged 100.72 US cents/lb for coffee year 2018/19 through 30 August 2019. Total exports in July 2019 amounted to 11.34 million bags, 9.5% higher than July 2018 while shipments in the first ten months of coffee year 2018/19 reached 109.41 million bags, 10.2% higher than the same period last year. Ample supplies from a 3.9% increase in global production to 169.73 million bags have fuelled exports. The majority of coffee continues to be exported as green coffee, accounting for 91.3% of total coffee shipped between October 2018 and July 2019. Global coffee demand is estimated to grow by 2.1% to 164.77 million bags, with growth in Asia & Oceania and Africa outpacing other regions. However, 2018/19 is estimated to end with a surplus of 4.96 million bags, making it the second consecutive year of surplus. The cumulative oversupply over the last two seasons is estimated at 7 million bags, which is one of the main explanatory factors for current low coffee price levels.

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ICO Indicator prices
(US cents/lb)  12/09/2019
  change
ICO Composite 99.71 -0.3%
Colombian Milds 135.11 +0.2%
Other Milds 132.00 0.0%
Brazilian Naturals 101.29 -0.3%
Robustas 71.19 -0.7%

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