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Tanzania’s Top Coffee Grade Surges 19% at Year’s First Sale

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Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Tanzania’s benchmark coffee grade rose 19 percent at the first auction of the year as supplies fell and buyers replenished stocks amid improved global prices, the Tanzania Coffee Board said.

The average price for the arabica AA grade climbed to $273.86 a 50-kilogram (110 pounds) bag from $229.62 at the last sale of 2011, the board said in an e-mailed report today. The grade sold for as much as $331 a bag, compared with $316.80 at the previous sale, and supplies of it plunged 65 percent to 2,092 bags, the report showed.

Farmers in the country reap their crops from April through August. The arabica variety accounts for 75 percent of production and robusta makes up the rest.

Following are details of the Jan. 13 auction in U.S. dollars for a 50-kilogram bag for good grades:

Grade            Offer   Sold      High      Low       Average
Arabica AA       2,092   1,564     331       201.20    273.86
Arabica A        1,408     896     295       206.20    266.67
Arabica AB       1,540   1,516     294       236       275.53
Arabica B        1,417   1,083     292       200       250.21
Arabica PB         893     612     296       201.80    247.60
Arabica C          873     855     265.60    205       230.58

To contact the reporter on this story: Fred Ojambo in Kampala at fojambo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alastair Reed at areed12@bloomberg.net

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