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Brazil Drought Damage May Cut High-End Coffee Crop for Two Years

  • Tour of farm disaster shows skeletal trees, analyst says
  • World’s top grower faces lower output after bumper seasons
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A drought “disaster” that’s eroding prospects for Brazil’s next crop of beans preferred by major coffee chains may carry over to the following season, a leading analyst said after a tour of farms in the world’s top grower and exporter.

“I was floored by the conditions at some of these farms,” Judy Ganes, the president of J. Ganes Consulting, said in a telephone interview after examining crops in Minas Gerais, Brazil’s top state grower. “I have never, ever seen anything like this,” said the consultant, who has covered the industry for more than three decades.