A destructive fungal disease is sweeping through coffee farms in Central America.
A recent survey of 111 growers showed la roya has affected 85 percent of farmers. Thirty percent of those expected a 25 percent loss of crop this year. About 15 percent are expecting to lose 50 percent of crops or more.
In Portland and throughout the world, those numbers spell trouble for specialty coffee roasters that rely heavily on Central American imports. Though speciality coffee is a small part of the American coffee market overall, and only a portion of all coffee is sourced in Central America, specialty roasters procure about 30 percent of their high quality coffees from Central America.
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