On 1 July, frost was reported in some Brazilian coffee-producing areas – not an uncommon occurrence from June to August in the southern parts of the country.
However, in the early hours of 20 July, a sudden, more severe frost hit the same regions again. Average temperatures in Minas Gerais, a major coffee producing region, fell as low as -1.2°C (29°F) – causing devastating irreparable damage to coffee plants.
The Caracas Valley used to be a coffee plantation. When my grandfather took his morning walk around Parque Los Caobos (Mahogany Park) you could still find coffee shrubs among the mahoganies used to shade them. Caracas sits at the same latitude as Costa Rica and our coffee is on the par with Colombia and Costa Rica.