Cuba’s Coffee Farms Hurt by Hurricane Sandy

[Originally published 11/11/2012]

The wrath of Hurricane Sandy stretches from its impacts in the Caribbean up through the northeastern United States.  Reports from Cuba indicate that Sandy has ruined 1300 tonnes of coffee.  Unfortunately, coffee production estimates from Cuba were already much lower than normal:  Experts predicted 5300 tonnes for the year, far below the 7100 tonnes produced last year.  From the hurricane damage, estimates are suggesting that the number could be below 4000 tonnes.  The most damage was done in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, where more than 90% of the country’s coffee is grown.