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Coffee Prices on the Rise

Coffee Drinkers: A Price Hike Is Brewing

Coffee connoisseurs, get ready to stretch your wallets. The cost of coffee beans is at its highest in three decades, and they're expected to continue to rise.

Staggering prices are due in part to falling supply. Unusual rainfall and temperatures, a potential result of climate change, have caused coffee production to be down in areas like Colombia. Consumers are already seeing the effects. Kraft has announced plans to up the cost of Maxwell House by 20 percent, and Starbucks raised the price of packaged coffee by 12 percent last month.

Meanwhile, demand in emerging markets such as India and China continues to grow. It's expected that Arabica coffee consumption in China will increase by 15 percent this year, and Starbucks — which today announced plans to develop a wider range of ready-made food and beverages, following the success of its Via instant coffee — has set a goal to increase stores in mainland China from 450 to 1,500 in the next four years.

Doesn't sound like the price of coffee has a promising future. Now's the time to stock up!

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swag1 swag1 4 years
Oh my God, Gladys. Did you see this? Coffee is reaching 1977 prices! Can you believe that. Holy cow. What next? Gas hits 70 cents a gallon again? This is criminal!
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 4 years
Yep, cutting back is a good solution. One coffee alternative I really like is Dandy, made from dandelion flower. It gives you energy and kind of tastes like coffee but doesn't actually have caffeine in it.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
That IS crazy. I can't believe that! Again, I will be stocking up...good thing that I've cut back on the caffeine in general.
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 4 years
I JUST noticed this. I went to buy a normal sized back of coffee (maybe like 12 oz.?) and the only options cost between $13 and $17 dollars! Ridiculous. This is actually why people in New Orleans added chicory to their coffee keep the price down.
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