Coffee production is expected to touch a new high of 3,55,600 metric tons (MT) this year starting October, as there has been sufficient rain in almost all the states that grow the crop. The Coffee Board under the Ministry of Commerce has made this optimistic forecast, though the current coffee year has shown a lower figure than estimated. The coffee year runs from October to September the following year and 2014-15 production has touched a record 3,27,000 MT, but lower than the estimated 3,31,000 MT.
Production of the Arabica variety is estimated at 1,10,300 tons in 2015-16 as against 98,000 tons this year, while that of Robusta is pegged at 2,45,300 MT as against 2,29,000 MT in 2014-15, as per the Coffee Board estimate.
Much of the increase in the output is expected to come from the southern state of Karnataka, as "all coffee growing areas have received timely and adequate blossom and backing showers during this year" (Coffee Board).
India produces only 4% to 5% of the global coffee output, but around 80% of it is exported. Russia, Italy and Germany are the three main buyers.