Coffee Prices: A 14-year High

Written by nema on Mar 8, 2011 in BLOG, Cafe Campesino |
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We, like many people in the coffee industry, are trying to understand why coffee prices are rising, what they will look like in the coming months, what affect they will have on our farmer partners and what this will mean to our customers.

So far, we know:

– In order to stay ahead of the “coyotes” (local middlemen who undermine coffee-farmer cooperatives by purchasing green beans from farmers “on-the-spot”) we will pay between $3 and $4 per pound for green beans in 2011.

– To absorb this price increase, we will have to increase our prices

– We will increase prices on half of our coffees in April, the other half in June

Wholesale customers who sell our coffee by-the-cup should be able to weather this price increase by charging $0.10 more per cup of coffee

We are reading this blog post from Royal Coffee, a green-bean coffee importer, that has outlined some of the reasons why prices are increasing.

Graph taken from a Feb. 18, 2011 CNNMoney.com article, “Hyper-caffeinated coffee prices hit 14-year high.”

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