The 2016/2017 coffee harvest in Nicaragua is a record crop with an estimated production of 2.3 million 60 kg bags, a seven percent increase compared to the previous year. The increase is attributed to a favorable rainy season that caused an early flowering of coffee trees and new plantations that are starting to bear fruit. For 2017/2018, the coffee sector forecasts very similar production numbers as the current year, assuming good weather conditions. Coffee is the most important crop in Nicaragua due to its economic, social and environmental impact. In 2015/2016, coffee exports reached over 1.9 million 60 kg bags accounting for $400 million in value.