Vietnam’s harvest kept coffee bean supply steady from the world’s second biggest producer while trading in Indonesia remained subdued on low stockpiles, traders said on Thursday.
Vietnamese farmers have been ramping up their harvest of coffee beans in the Central Highlands as the weather has been supportive, traders said.
Farmers in the Central Highlands, Vietnam’s largest coffee-growing area, sold coffee at 33,000 dong ($1.42) per kg on Thursday, down from 33,500 dong last week.
“However, beans harvesting is slower this year as the trees faced a drought in March,” said a trader based in the region.
“Only 30% of the beans are fully ripened,” he said.
Vietnam’s national centre for weather forecasting said the coffee belt regions would be mostly sunny for at least another week, which could help farmers pick and keep the beans in good condition.
January robusta coffee LRCc2 settled up $11, or 0.79%, at $1,391 per tonne on Wednesday.
Traders in Vietnam offered 5% black and broken grade 2 robusta at a $90-$100 premium per tonne to the January contract on Thursday, down from $120-$130 last week.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s grade 4 defect 80 robusta beans were offered at premiums of $200 to January contract, compared to $190-$200 last week, a trader in Sumatra’s Lampung province said.
Trade activities remain muted due to lack of supply, the trader said.