Prices for arabica coffee beans — the ones we use here at Sumato, also the most popular type used at coffee shops — are driving up prices.

The reason? Historic droughts in Central and South America.

“I’ve been growing coffee more than 50 years, and I’ve never seen as bad a drought as the one last year and this year,” third-generation Brazilian farmer Christina Valle told the Wall Street Journal.

Agricultural officials say that Brazil is expected to churn out 15 million fewer bags than last year. Those bags typically carry over 100 pounds of coffee each.
Written by Peter Valencia

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