Grains reach better quality little by little

The first arabica coffees from the region of Zona da Mata mineira (Minas Gerais state) have started to be available in the Brazilian market. In the regions of Cerrado and Sul de Minas, important producers of that variety, the harvesting is only in the beginning, once there was a delay in the first blooming (at the end of October 2007). The activities should be intensified in June/July, favored by the forecast of dry weather. In the state of Paraná, which traditionally opens the arabica crop, the harvesting is progressing in all regions - helped also by the climate.

Concerning the robusta coffee, the harvesting from the 2008/09 crop has also moving on in the state of Espírito Santo, the most important producer of this variety. According to agents, roughly 30 percent of the local production was already harvested. For a while, however, most part of the grains from the new crop has been directed to the anticipated trades accomplishment.

In general terms, the coffee from the new crop has been presenting better quality little by little. For a while, few trades have been settled. The arabica coffee supply from the 2007/08 crop keeps limited, since growers bet on superior quotations. Buyers, in turn, have preferred grains from the 2008/09 crop, especially those that present better quality, however, the volume is still low.

The CEPEA/ESALQ Index for the arabica type 6, delivered in Sao Paulo (capital), closed at 251.50 reals or 154.29 dollars per bag of 60 kilos on May 30th, decreasing 1.47 percent in Real over April 30th. For the robusta type 6, in the origin Espírito Santo state, there was a slightly raise was of 0.5 percent in Real during the same period, at 214.27 reals or 131.45 dollars per bag on May 30th. (Cepea - Brazil)

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