EAST GREENWICH, RI (WPRI) – Coffee regulars may notice their daily cup of coffee is a little more expensive.
Analysts predict an extreme drought and unexpected frost in Brazil earlier this year will impact next year’s coffee bean harvest. The country is the world’s largest producer of arabica coffee beans.
Because of these factors, Johnston’s micro-roaster Richard Alan Specialty Coffees said earlier this month that it was increasing prices “on average by $ 0.50 a pound.”
Main St. Coffee in East Greenwich gets some of its beans from Richard Alan, and manager Emma Mariano has said that means local coffee will have to raise prices in the coming weeks as well.
“We’re going to increase our prices to about ten cents more than they already are,” said Mariano.
Some Main St. Coffee regulars tell 12 News their morning cup isn’t all about caffeine.
“Every day I meet my brother and we sit here and pull the breeze,” said Kenneth Farrelly, a Main Street regular. “I wouldn’t let 10 cents a cup keep me, say, home watching TV.”
Rising coffee prices aren’t the only problem local cafes are facing right now.
Mariano said that for most of the summer they also faced shortages of paper and plastic cups.
“We are out of 24-ounce plastic ice cream cups and just ran out of our 16-ounce paper cups,” she said.
The disruption has forced cafe staff to look for cups if their regular supplier is away, and it also prompted her to ask regulars to bring reusable cups if they have any. Those who do can get a discount, according to Mariano.
Mariano said a cup shortage was a bigger problem, so this year, she believes, now that more people are out of the house.
“There is so much more demand for certain things that we burn out faster,” said Mariano.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, global coffee consumption is expected to exceed production.
The department says 164.8 million bags of coffee are expected to be produced this year, while consumption is expected to reach 165 million bags.