Kenyan coffee prices jumped 16 percent at an auction yesterday as exporters replenished their inventories amid reduced supplies ahead of the Christmas break, the Nairobi Coffee Exchange said.
The average price for all coffee sold climbed to $341.22 per bag, compared with $295.16 at the previous auction a fortnight earlier, the exchange said today in an e-mailed report from Nairobi, the capital.
The benchmark AA grade increased 3.3 percent to an average of $426.71 a bag, the agency said. Supplies of the grade fell by a single bag to 4,245 50-kilogram (110-pound) bags, it said.
“Buyers are scrambling for the coffee as we head into the festive season,” Kizito Keya, a coffee dealer at Mumba Coffee Ltd., said by phone from Nairobi. “We are remaining with one auction next week before we break off for the holidays.”
Sales rose 2.3 percent to 16,127 bags worth $6.71 million, the exchange said. Supplies at the fifth auction of the 2010-11 season fell 2.7 percent to 23,421 bags, it said.
The agency has been holding fortnightly sales instead of weekly auctions for more than two months because of low stocks.
Kenya’s coffee exports through the Nairobi Coffee Exchange, which handles the bulk of the shipments, fell 7.2 percent in 2009-10 to 36.197 tons after production declined, the agency said on Oct. 1. The country has yet to release an output forecast for this year, it said.
Kenya harvests the bulk of its crop from October through December, while a secondary crop is reaped from April to June. The following are details of today’s auction in U.S. dollars for a 50-kilogram bag:
Grade Low HighAverage AA 250 604 426.71 AB 244 478 388.41 C 200 387 306.62 E 367 367 367.00 F1 232 232 232.00 HE 200 246 225.71 MH 38 170 150.67 ML 31 123 63.92 PB 232 481 373.22 SB 28 59 44.54 T 47 281 151.05 TT 156 456 324.21 UG 267 267 267.00 UG1 199 270 243.70 UG2 42 235 121.56