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Asia Coffee-Vietnam prices unchanged; Indonesian premium widens

HANOI/BANDAR LAMPUNG, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Vietnam’s domestic coffee prices were unchanged on Thursday from a week earlier as trade has almost come to a halt ahead of a major harvest beginning next month.

Farmers in the Central Highlands, Vietnam's largest coffee-growing area, offered coffee COFVN-DAK at 35,000 dong ($1.51) per kg, flat to the previous week.

“Almost no one is trading now as both farmers and traders don’t have any more beans left for sale,” a trader based in the Central Highlands said.

Traders said Vietnam’s coffee exports in September will fall to less than 100,000 tonnes. Shipments in August fell 18.7% from July to 114,162 tonnes.

“The local market will remain quiet until the next harvest, which will officially begin next month and will peak from mid-November,” the Central Highlands trader said.

Traders said weather conditions in the Central Highlands are favourable for the coffee trees, but declined to give a forecast on the output of the 2019/20 harvest.

November robusta coffee rose $6, or 0.46%, to $1,319 per tonne on Wednesday.

Traders in Vietnam offered 5% black and broken grade 2 robusta COFVN-G25-SAI at premiums of $180-$200 per tonne to the November contract on Thursday, compared with a $220 premium a week ago.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's grade 4 defect 80 robusta beans COFID-G4-USD were offered at premiums of $190-$200 to the November contract, wider than $180 last week, a trader in the Sumatran province of Lampung said.

“The price rose this week, trailing recent coffee benchmark price increases in London,” the trader said.

$1 = 23,210 dong Reporting by Khanh Vu in Hanoi and Mas Alina Arifin in Bandar Lampung; Editing by Tom Hogue