As my coffee geekery has no bounds I have compiled these tables for my own use, so that I can remind myself when to expect particular coffees to be available here in the UK. Obviously people involved in coffee professionally probably know these things but I thought it may be of interest to a couple of other people. The inimitable Sweet Maria’s have a more complex table showing the full harvest period, the best harvest period, the full shipping period and the nest shipping period. I have used this alongside Mercanta’s loose reporting of when they expect particular countries’ harvests to arrive (cos Mercanta source a vast chunk of the [good] coffee that comes into the UK). I’m presuming things take quite a long time, so the periods listed here align with the ends of Sweet Maria’s periods. This sort of matches up with how the Cup of Excellence country programmes function too.
|Country||Harvest||Arrival in UK|
|Colombia||November-December & May-June||January-February & July-August|
|Kenya||February||April (possibly more in September from a ‘Fly Crop’)|
|Dominican Republic||February-April (long season)||April-August|
|Panama (for those who’re lucky!)||March||April-June|
This table shows the most likely times for coffee to be arriving from the respective country.