Coffee traders keep their eyes on the skies

Brazil’s barren fields and parched landscape continue to worry coffee traders. 

Since I wrote about Coffee Arabica last week there has been little to cheer consumers as the unseasonably dry weather in South America and specifically Brazil has continued to drive the price higher. Arabica has now increased by 54% since the start of 2014 and has seen the RSI move heavily into overbought territory, above the 80 level.

The direction of this particular commodity is currently being controlled by traders and producers. Only a sustained period of rain will dampen the fears of coffee growers that they will suffer a shortfall to global demand.

As if that were not bad enough those coffee drinkers with a sweet tooth will be suffering a double blow, as a large percentage of sugar-growers are also suffering from the same environmental issues. 

Coffee Arabica chart

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