Costa Rican coffee exports grow 11% in May

SAN JOSE, June 1 (Reuters) - Costa Rican coffee exports rose 11% in May from the same month last year, although exports in the first eight months of the coffee season were barely up overall, national coffee institute ICAFE said on Tuesday.

The ICAFE data showed May exports totaled 159,556 60-kg bags, up from 143,781 bags in the same month last year.

Coffee exports from Costa Rica during the first eight months of the current 2020/2021 harvesting season have now risen 0.1% compared with the same period a year earlier.

Costa Rica is one of the region’s smaller producers, but is well known for its high quality beans and sells 80% of its arabica beans above average international prices.

The coffee season in Central America and Mexico, which together produce about a fifth of the world’s arabica beans, runs from October through September. (Reporting by Alvaro Murillo; Editing by Aurora Ellis)