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Starbucks slows pace of coffee buying, even as prices rise

The coffee giant, unveiling results which fall short on some metrics, reveals it has slowed its pace of bean buying by more than one-third

Dryness takes further toll on Brazil's robusta crop
Estimates for robusta coffee output in Brazil, the second-ranked grower of the variety, receive further downgrades
Hedge funds' sell-off in grains raises hopes for corn, wheat rallies
Hedge funds slash long bets on ags again. Is selling in grains now sated? Softs are still in demand, although cotton takes the lead from sugar
Robusta futures rally, as Brazilian, Vietnamese supplies tighten
Exports from Brazil plummeted, and talk from Vietnam suggests inventories may be being depleted
Brazil real fuels rise in arabica price premium to 14-month top
Why are robusta coffee prices underperforming, despite production worries? The ICO flags the role in markets of Brazil's reviving currency
Hedge funds accelerate ag selldown - boding well for wheat prices?
Funds slash their net long in ags, focusing on grains, although even sugar sees a trim. But has the appetite for short bets on wheat reached its end?
Key estimate for Brazilian robusta coffee crop 'too high'
US officials are too optimistic on output - even in estimating it at a seven-year low, a survey shows, as local prices top R\$400 per bag
'Era of high ag prices quite likely over' - OECD, UN
Ag prices will over the next decade "stay below recent peaks", say the OECD and UN FAO. But dairy, ethanol and meal will outperform
Hedge funds quids in, as favouring softs over grains comes good
Hedge funds lift bullish bets on sugar, coffee ahead of further prices rises - and turn more bearish on wheat as values head for a multi-year low
Arabica, sugar prices face a tumble - but not robusta, cocoa values
... says Commerzbank, seeing firm Brazilian output weighing on arabica and sugar values, while weakness in Africa's crop and sterling lift cocoa
Hedge funds cooler on grains - but in softs, bullish bets at 8-year top
Hedge funds cut their net long in grain derivatives, even before the volatility after the UK's Brexit vote. But they are increasingly exposed in softs
Coffee market may have overreacted to Brazil frost scare - Rabobank
The bank nudges higher forecasts for arabica coffee prices, but not by much, although it does acknowledge the freeze risk is not over yet
Hedge funds lift bullish ag bets to 2-year top - raising scope for selling
... helped by the biggest net long in soft commodities since 2008. But has hedge funds' enthusiasm only created ammunition for selling?
Coffee futures - does the rally have legs?

Agrimoney coffee editor Nicholas Burke assesses the reasons behind this month's bounce in coffee prices - and whether the gains will stick

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