Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:03
NAIROBI: The top price of Kenya's benchmark grade AA coffee fell to $302 per bag at this week's auction from $312 fetched at the previous sale on quality fears although volumes increased.
The Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE) said on Tuesday that out of the 20,729 bags offered, some 12,898 were sold, an improvement from last week when buyers only took up 8,148 of the 20,714 bags offered.
"There is a big concern over the quality of crop being offered to the market as the present season draws to a close," Charles Mbaluka, the chief executive of the NCE told Reuters.
During this week's auction, Grade AA sold at $174-$302 per bag compared with $191-$312 last week, the NCE said in a market report.
Grade AB fetched $147-$226 per bag compared with the previous week's $146-$200 per bag.
Overall, the beans fetched a total of $2.6 million with the average price coming at $170.19. Last week, ...