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Why will Bolivian coffee be more difficult to find in the international market?

August 12, 2017

In previous blogs we have already covered some of the reasons which contributed to the decline of production and exports of Bolivian coffee over the past ten years. The primary reasons mentioned were competition with coca production, disease such as the coffee rust, and inadequate management. The cumulative result is that coffee exports declined from a peak of 120,000 70kg bags per year more than ten years ago to under 30,000 bags last year. Another factor which will put more pressure on exports, especially those of higher quality coffee is the current boom of local consumption. We are experiencing an unprecedented explosion of new coffee shops, some are very sophisticated, in all urban areas in the major cities of La Paz,...

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