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Coffee leaf rust and sliding coffee prices

From the December 2013 issue.

As the coffee leaf rust outbreak continues, forecasts are varying greatly on coffee production in Central America, while coffee prices remain unaffected.

Coffee leaf rust and pricesBy Maja Wallengren

Coffee prices forecasting is a tricky business, and recent happenings suggest this is not about to change.

Since the coffee trade entered the full force of a free market system at the end of the Cold War, coffee forecasting these days is anyone’s guess.

With unpredictable factors, like the major weather crisis that caused the ongoing rust disaster in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, uncertainty seems to be the only certainty in the game.

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