Tanzania arabica coffee prices rise, seen peaking

Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:32pm GMT
 

By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's arabica coffee prices rose at last week's auction helped by output shortages in Colombia, with supplies of the beans seen peaking, the regulator Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) said on Monday.

Tanzania mainly produces arabica coffee and grows some robusta. Prices of its arabica normally track the New York market while those for robusta take their cue from London.

State-run TCB said 24,789 60-kg bags were offered at the sale with 23,058 bags sold. A total of 19,706 bags were up for sale in the previous auction, with 18,247 bags sold.

"Overall average prices at the Moshi exchange were up by $1.0 per 50 kg for mild arabica and down by $2.74 per 50 kg for robusta compared to the last auction," TCB said in its weekly report.

Market players said the volume of arabica coffee supplied at last week's auction increased against the previous sale.

"There are queues of coffee bags at curing houses waiting to be processed and brought to the weekly auctions," said a trader at a coffee exporting company based in the northern Tanzanian town of Moshi.

"Arabica coffee output is now peaking, while prices and supply of robusta coffee have started a downward trend."

East African coffee is normally packed in 60-kg bags, but the prices are quoted for quantities of 50 kg.   Continued...

A file photo of coffee bags. Tanzania's arabica coffee prices rose at last week's auction helped by output shortages in Colombia, with supplies of the beans seen peaking, the regulator Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) said on Monday.
 REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

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