MUMBAI : India is likely to produce 319,500 tonnes of coffee in 2018/19, down nearly 16% from the previous estimate, after heavy rainfall hit yields in the top two growing states, the state-run Coffee Board said on Wednesday.

India, which is famous as a tea producer, is also the world's No. 6 coffee grower, mainly churning out the robusta beans used to make instant coffee. It also produces some of the more expensive arabica variety.

The country had been expected to harvest a record crop of 380,000 tonnes, but heavy rainfall in Karnataka and Kerala - the top two producing states - hit plantations in July and August 2018, the board said in a statement.

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