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World’s Top Coffee Crop Keeps Shrinking, Leading to Shortage

  • Brazil cuts arabica-coffee production to 12-year low
  • Little relief coming next season amid droughts, low stockpiles
Farmers check on coffee plants destroyed by frost during extremely low temperatures in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Aug. 25.
Farmers check on coffee plants destroyed by frost during extremely low temperatures in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Aug. 25.Photographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg
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Normally in September, Brazilian coffee farmers would be filling warehouses to the brim with the world’s biggest harvest of gourmet beans. Trucks often wait in queues for an entire day to get their cargo. 

This year, the crop is so small that the long lines of trucks have all but disappeared.