FORT MYERS, Florida – Pandemic problems and the uncontrollable forces of nature challenge countries that export coffee beans.
Local cafes await the effects of frost and storms in Brazil, one of the coffee capitals of the world. Wholesale coffee prices have already jumped 50 percent last year.
Store owners said supply and price fluctuations are common. Some have already changed their prices to prepare, and others have said they’ve learned to go with the flow.
“It’s only a matter of time… if the companies, the big players in the game are already giving the highest prices to consumers,” said Ulli Winckler of Dean Street Coffee Roastery. “Or if they do it later.”
Customers said it hit them already in their pockets, but they still plan to continue shopping for their daily cups of coffee.
“It’s one thing that gives me a good day, so I’m going to continue drinking coffee,” said Patrick Bailey. “I mean 20 cents or 50 cents here and there isn’t a lot of it when it’s my only vice, you know?”
“We know we have a clientele who really enjoy their routine,” said Green Cup Cafe owner Robert Podgorski. “And sometimes the markups that might appear may not be as bad as you might think.”