Rainfall Drowns 2009 Brazilian Coffee Harvest

Brazil’s southeast, where most of the sugar and coffee in the world’s top producer and exporter of both is grown, was at least one third wetter than the yearly average in 2009. Worse still, showers came in a constant sprinkle with few dry gaps to spare coffee from damage that slashed its total value.

“What is surprising about this year is that the rain didn’t stop at any moment. We didn’t have a month of dry weather from May,” said meteorologist Celso Oliveira at Somar, a private weather forecaster.

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