Central American Specialty Coffee: When Does New Crop Ship?

Specialty Coffee Stacked at the Warehouse

If accountants, logistics managers and supply people ran the coffee world, coffee shipments from coffee farms and mills would occur on a “just in time” timeline. Coffee would be produced year round and shipments would dispatched days before inventories were used. Of course, this is not the case in the specialty coffee world as we are all dependent on coffee trees to produce the coffee fruit, coffee farmers to pick the cherries, and the mills to process the beans. Many people are familiar with the harvest season , but many times these people forget to add at least one or two months to account for processing and the shipment schedule from mill to U.S. warehouses.
As Central American coffees are beginning to ship from origin (both organic and conventional), we have created a quick reference guide to help you remember the typical, estimated coffee shipment schedule from origin:

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The above chart is an estimate, as crop cycles can be affected by rainfall totals (or lack of), which vary year to year. The months listed are based on each country’s main coffee crop; many countries also have a smaller “fly” crop that occurs sporadically throughout the year. We have also listed countries in order of crop size for Central America, and crop size rank in world-wide production. Shipments are listed from origin so they typically can take 2 to 4 weeks to be sent to our warehouses.
Vournas Coffee Trading is always happy to discuss contracting out coffee shipments over the year. Please give us a call to discuss the latest coffee arrivals and to ensure that your roasting company will have these coffees year round.