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  • QA 236
    Question:
    Where to find information on world coffee prices?
    Background:
    I cannot find a graph of world market prices for natural (unwashed) arabicas anywhere - can you assist?
    Asked by:
    Researcher - Uganda
    Answer:

    The most easily accessed source is the International Coffee Organisation - ICO atwww.ico.org. Go to statistics, then go to prices. The same statistics window also offers information on the basis for the ICO Indicator Prices.

    For more detailed information one would have to subscribe to a market information service or ask to be included on the mailing list of one or two of the major trading houses or brokerage firms that publish weekly market reports for their clients. Such reports would also include prices on Ethiopian Natural Arabicas.

    The table below is an extract of readily available information on Brazilian Natural Arabicas (basis ex dock, in US cts/lb) which should enable you to produce a graph for recent years. Depending on your browser capabilities the ICO website will also give you monthly averages for as far back as 1998.

    Daily prices are available as well - see for example the Monthly Coffee Market Reports under the Executive Director's Office.

    Annual/Brazilian Natural Arabicas
    MonthlyNew YorkGermanyDaily
    Average weighted
       average
    2007110.72112.06111.79
    January 111.99 112.61 112.5
    February 109.78 110.12 110.03
    March 102.34 105.55 104.91
    April 100.84 102.53 102.22
    May 99.66 101.94 101.49
    June 105.89 107.68 107.32
    July 105.25 106.52 106.24
    August 112.47 111.55 111.73
    September 116.43 117.41 117.14
    October 120.95 122.28 122.12
    November 118.99 120.1 119.87
    December 124.06 126.48 125.93
       
    2008122.51127.86126.59
    January 126.26 128.46 127.93
    February 142.25 144.29 143.78
    March 130.45 138.93 136.41
    April 123.15 129.02 127.67
    May 125.18 130.81 129.52
    June 130.52 134.59 133.65
    July 131.1 135.9 134.88
    August 131.85 133.71 133.28
    September 126.82 131.18 130.26
    October 104.57 111.72 110.27
    November 102.74 109.56 107.96
    December 95.22 106.1 103.46
       
    2009111.39116.55115.33
    January 101.43 111.65 109.18
    February 100.45 109.87 107.69
    March 97.48 104.4 102.81
    April 101.46 107.28 105.95
    May 113.13 120.08 118.4
    June 109.81 117.1 115.42
    July 104.55 108.79 107.8
    August 114.01 117.71 116.86
    September 114.12 116.82 116.16
    October 122.84 125.16 124.62
    November 126.21 126.11 126.17
    December 131.23 133.68 132.84
       
    2010  
    January 128.11 132.75 131.67
    February 121.61 125.42 124.57

    Source International Coffee Organization

    Posted 28 March 2010


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