Costa Rica green coffee exports were up 18.5 % year on year to 45’599 bags in October the Costa Rican Coffee Institute reported this week. Harvesting of the new crop does not begin in earnest until the middle of November, although picking has begun in the south of the country. Most of the October exports were from rollover stocks ,remaining from the previous crop year. Costa Rica exported 1.407 million bags of coffee in the 2005/06 coffee year, 12.2 % down on the 2004/05 season.