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Tight supply hurts sales of Guatemala’s certified high-quality coffee beans

Monday, June 6, 2011

Guatemalan coffee producers aren't benefiting this season from quality certifications that normally secure them a premium for their beans, as tight global supplies have made buyers less fussy about the coffee they acquire.

"When there's not a lot of coffee in the world, buyers stop caring if it's good quality or bad quality," said Ricardo Villanueva, president of the country's coffee association Anacafe. "They'll just buy whatever they can find."

Villanueva said major coffee chains have been reducing the amount of certified coffee they are purchasing from Guatemala.

Original source: MarketWatch