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‘Beanless' Coffee Phenomenon Spells Trouble for Vietnam's Output

  • Harvesters found coffee fruits with no beans in several areas
  • Production may not meet 30 million bag target, exporter says
Green robusta coffee beans are sorted for defects at a processing plant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Green robusta coffee beans are sorted for defects at a processing plant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Photographer: Jeff Holt/Bloomberg

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Farmers in Vietnam are coming across a worrying phenomenon: Coffee fruits empty of beans.

Several areas in the world’s biggest grower of robusta coffee have reaped fruits that have no beans inside or where beans are smaller than usual. The empty cherries are most common in Gia Lai province in the north, which normally provides about 15 percent of Vietnam’s crop, according to Simexco DakLak Ltd., the country’s second-biggest coffee exporter.