PRICES: Coffee prices rose to a decade high last month, driven by the logistics crisis, a surge in demand and drought in many regions of the world. Prices for food and farm supplies are also at a 10-year high. Therefore, with inflation in almost all sectors, it is not so clear that coffee growers benefit from the current high prices of coffee, and rather it means a risk of a food crisis, for as always the poorest in the world, which of course includes coffee farmers.
PANDEMIC: Unfortunately, the Covid will not disappear permanently, but we can be optimistic that 2022 will be the year that the pandemic ends and becomes an endemic disease thanks to the very high levels of immunity that we have now, through a combination of vaccination and natural infection. There are still likely to be seasonal winter spikes, such as with the flu, and an annual boost will likely be needed to cope with the new variants and declining immunity.
Looking ahead, roasters should take these aspects into account when planning their purchases for 2022, which undoubtedly promises to be another complex year, but hopefully it will also be sweet, intense and round, like a good African coffee!