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Coffee Seasonality

South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia & Peru)

Bolivia faces a number of production challenges, one of them being transport as the country is landlocked, exports are typically shipped out of Peru, meaning that transport is not always straightforward. Harvest typically takes place between July-November, shipments usually arrive at our warehouses from January.

Brazil is the world’s largest coffee-producing country. Harvesting usually takes place between May-Sept, however, we tend to get arrivals all year round.

Colombian coffee is harvested practically year-round depending on the region. Regions have different harvest periods, the main harvests usually taking place from October-February, as well as between March-June depending on the region. There is also a second fly (or ‘mitaca’) crop several months later, again varying by region and microclimate.

Peru is currently the world’s largest exporter of organic coffee, with some 90,000 hectares certified organic, harvest tends to fall between March-September, shipments usually arriving from August/September time.

Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama)

Costa Rica has 8 principal growing regions, which harvest between October to March, arriving typically between May-June.

El Salvador, coffee is grown across 7 regions in the country, harvest time is usually between October to March, arriving with us from July.

Guatemala has 8 distinct growing regions, the harvest slightly differs between them but usually falls in the time between November and April. We usually receive our shipments from April.

Honduras contains 6 well-defined regions, their harvests typically lie between the months of November and April, usually arriving with us from May.

Nicaragua, coffee production is concentrated in the highlands of Matagalpa and Jintotega, harvest tends to be between December-March each year, shipments usually arrive from May.

Panama has primarily 3 coffee-producing areas, harvesting between December-March, arriving with us from April.


North America (Dominican Republic, Mexico)

The Dominican Republic has 6 growing regions, usually harvests between September-May, arriving with us from late December.

Mexico, the vast majority of coffee is produced in 4 states, harvesting between November-March, arriving with us late April.

Asia (East Timor, India, Indonesia, Vietnam)

East Timor’s main harvest usually falls between May-October. Shipments usually arrive with us from November.

India’s coffee is usually grown under a two-tier mixed shade canopy of evergreen leguminous trees, often interspersed with spices and fruit crops including pepper, cardamom, vanilla, orange and banana trees. Arabica coffee is usually harvested between November-March, arriving with us from May.

Indonesian coffee is typically processed using the ‘Giling Basah’ (‘wet hulling’) however, the country is beginning to adopt more washed and natural methods.

Sumatra produces two crops a year, the main crop is harvested between September-October, the fly crop typically between May-June. Java usually harvests between July-Sept. We tend to get coffees from Indonesia arriving from March.

Vietnam is the world’s 2nd largest coffee exporter, harvests usually take place between October-April, shipments typically arriving from April.


Papua New Guinea’s coffee industry involves more than 2.5 million people, which is nearly half of its total population. Harvest is usually carried out between April-September, we usually receive shipments from November.


Africa (DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda)

Democratic Republic of Congo, the main harvest tends to fall between April-July, with a fly crop between September-January. We usually receive the coffee from July.

Ethiopia has three coffee “production systems”, forest, garden and plantation. Harvests are usually between October-December, shipments usually arrive from February.

Kenya’s location on the equator allows for two harvests per year, the main harvest taking place between March-July, the fly crop between September-December. We usually expected arrival to be from May

Rwanda faces a number of challenges, one of them being transport, with no coastline of its own, Rwanda’s coffees must first be sent 1,500km overland to Mombasa (Kenya) or Dar-es-Salam (Tanzania). Crop harvest is usually between February-July, usually arriving with us from January.

Tanzania, coffee is cultivated in practically all the highland regions of the country, harvests typically taking place between July-December, arrival expected from February.

Uganda, the vast majority of coffee is home processed by smallholder farmers, the main harvest takes place between October-February, the fly crop between April-August. We expect shipment arrival from late March/early April.