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Rising prices hit local businesses hard

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — As if the hit the pandemic has had on local small businesses wasn’t enough, a local cafe says wholesale inflation has taken it to another level.

Erika Knoch of Global Coffee Roasters has noticed the rising costs of not only the coffee itself, but other in-demand items as well.

Knoch says it all started to come together over the holidays and continued as a string of successes in his business.

According to Knoch, she now pays around 30-40% more with things like coffee syrups, cups, sleeves and other common items for a cafe all increased. She says one of the main reasons spending has increased is the process required to receive her coffee beans from multiple countries, saying gasoline prices played a role.

“It literally has to be shipped, they are in ports, they have to be in ports and containers and they have to be shipped to California, sometimes to New Jersey, and then they are sent to warehouses, then the drivers have to get the coffee and send it to me.

Since it’s not a franchise that needs a larger volume of merchandise, Knoch says it’s also harder for it to get a lower price on items than department stores do.

“Like they’re going through high volumes of stuff and they can order stuff at a higher volume so a lower price, but we can’t do that, we have to buy stuff at a certain volume in order to not getting that best price on things.

Because of this, Knoch has had to raise his prices slightly in order to fund expenses saying that this applies to things that cost him a bit more overall.

“But we had to change the prices, for example on drinks that require more syrup or if they are more of a sweet latte, we had to increase our prices.”

Knoch says that even with the hardships and taking a hit herself, her customers appreciate what she and her staff do and the quality of the drink they serve.

“People really see it just by the way we make our coffee and how we serve our customers, they know they always went out of their way for them and I think they see it and that’s what makes them come whether we raise our price or not.

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