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A return to pre-rust crisis production levels appeared to be good news for Colombia earlier this year. In a February statement, Luis Samper, marketing director at the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC), said, “It’s been our great leap forward,”
Projections from the US Department of Agriculture, released in June, lend further support to the notion that Colombian production is on a real come-back. The agency forecast Colombia would produce 13 million bags. This figure is the highest projection in two decades and follows years of below average numbers. Coffee leaf rust and infestations of coffee cherry borer were to blame for reducing production by as much as 40% in Colombia’s coffee growing regions.