According to analysts, researchers and coffee cooperatives, despite the high number of deaths and major damage to urban infrastructure, coffee crops in areas such as the South of Minas and Zona da Mata are unlikely to be negatively impacted.
On the contrary, coffee plantations may have benefited from moisture.
Still, there are many problems for rural infrastructure, with the collapse of several bridges and the deterioration of roads that link farms to cooperatives' warehouses.
There have been reports of landslides destroying thousands of coffee trees at the same time, but these were isolated occurrences with no statistical significance.
"We had this unfortunate case when a landslide carried 30,000 feet of coffee down the hill, also knocking down the producer's house, killing everyone," said Fernando Cerqueira, head of Coocafé, a coffee cooperative in Zona da Mata, east of Minas Gerais.
Cerqueira said that a farmer in the region saw his warehouse collapse, with many bags carried by the floodwaters.
But overall, he said, no further damage was reported.
Further south, where Brazil's largest Arabica coffee exporter is located, the rains were less violent, said Mario Ferraz de Araújo, who oversees the technical development of Cooxupé cooperative farmers.
"Unlike other parts of the state, the rains here were lighter. They lasted for several days, but fell regularly over time," said Araújo.
Haroldo Bonfá, coffee analyst at Pharos consultancy, believes that the rains were positive for coffee plantations in general.
"It increased the soil moisture and allowed to replenish the reservoirs, which will be good for irrigation going forward."
In Espírito Santo, another state impacted by heavy rains, Brazil's number 1 in the production of robusta coffee, there was basically no damage.
The main production areas were located to the north of the places where the floods displaced more than 10,000 people from their homes, according to the agricultural research center Incaper.
"In the northern part of the state, where most coffee farms are located, the rains were good for crops," said Abraão Verdin, chief coffee researcher at Incaper.
Experts said that farmers may find it difficult to enter some crops for farming activities, such as applying fungicides, which can have negative implications for production.
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