You may soon be paying more for your morning cup of coffee! Here’s why.
Farmers say it’s getting more expensive to grow coffee beans, which could begin filtering down to your local café before the end of the year and into 2022.
A crop loss of Arabica beans in Brazil is one of the biggest reasons for the spike. The bean is used for most coffee sold around the world. Farmers say frost damage has hurt Arabica bean crops, and it's getting more expensive to keep up with demand.
The loss equates to anywhere between 2 and 6 million fewer bags of coffee, which is about 12% of what is made in Brazil.
Lower supplies almost always mean higher prices, but it also depends on where you get your coffee. If you buy beans in the store, you'll likely see a more noticeable jump -- about half the cost of the bag comes solely from the bean itself.
Customers will see a smaller increase at large coffee shops because the cost of the bean only represents about 5% of a cup of coffee.
Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffee retailer, suggested that it won’t need to raise its prices because of Brazil’s lower output. On a call with investors at the height of the Arabica price spike, the Seattle-based coffee chain’s president and CEO Kevin Johnson said his company has 14 months of supply, which he says will get it through 2021 and most of fiscal 2022.
AP wire services contributed to this report.