An employee pours a latte art into a cup of coffee at the Roastery Lab by Coffee Academics research and development facility, operated by Coffee Academics Group Holdings Ltd., in Hong Kong, China. (Photographer: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg)

A Cheaper Cup of Joe Is Brewing as Coffee Falls to 29-Month Low

(Bloomberg) -- As Brazil’s football team gains in the World Cup, one of the nation’s main commodity exports is suffering.

Coffee futures extended a slump to a 29-month low as Brazil’s real continued to slide against the dollar, boosting the appeal of export sales priced in the greenback.

Output in Brazil, the world’s top producer and shipper, will rise to a record this year. The drop in prices may benefit companies such as Starbucks Corp., the world’s biggest coffee chain, and Nestle SA, which makes Nescafe and Nespresso.

On Monday, arabica coffee for September delivery fell 3 percent to close at $1.1165 a pound on ICE Futures U.S. in New York, the biggest drop for a most-active contract since Oct. 11. Earlier, the price touched $1.1155, the lowest since Jan. 20, 2016. The real dropped as much as 1 percent after tumbling 15 percent in the second quarter.

Coffee has slumped 19 percent since the end of 2016, while the real fell 17 percent.

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