Coffee consumption will exceed production in the 2019 to 2020 coffee year, creating a global deficit of about 502,000 bags, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) said in its November report. “Despite a slowdown in growth, consumption is predicted to overtake production during the course of the year,” said the report. Brazil’s smaller off0year Arabica crop and bad weather in parts of Central America and Asia could continue to affect prices in the coming weeks,” it said. “However, the impact of these factors may be muted due to the recent weakness of the Brazilian Real as well as the upcoming on-year crop in Brazil,” it said. Coffee prices as measured by the ICO Composite Indicator remained above 100 cents/lb in November for the first time in the last 12 months, said the report. Global exports fell 13.4% to 8.91 million bags in October from the year-earlier period.