Skip to comments.Coffee Industry Hit by Fungus, Coffee Prices Rising
Posted on 05/19/2014 6:37:42 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
A fungus called coffee rusts is currently causing damages of more than $1 billion across Latin American region coffee farms, and it is affecting the prices of coffee in the United States.
...But Raj Shah, head of the USAID, said their main concern is not only on the rising price of coffee but more on the economic security of small farms abroad. He said that if farmers lose their jobs, it escalates poverty and hunger and poverty region and this will add to the problem of violence and drug trafficking.
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First my bacon and now my coffee!
Bacon has a fungus?
Back yard chickens will keep breakfast alive!
Starbucks won’t lose much, as they can easily source from Aftica and Indonesia, whose prices might go up a bit due to increased demand. kinda stinks for the Colombians and Brazilians, though.
This is NOT good news.
I’d like a Fungusamungus dark roast with a shot of simple syrup, please.
The coffee from South America is the best, IMHO. Even though Africa is the ancestral home of coffee...........
No, but many little bacon seeds (piglets) recently died from a bad virus that swept through factory farms.
Actually, first orange juice! Citrus greening is killing the citrus (industry) in South America and the (primarily Florida) U.S. Now, the other staple of the morning, coffee, is being hit!
My goal this summer is to have our city overturn their decision to outlaw backyard chickens. Until then I buy from our local farmer. Also, CONgress recently approved a law allowing China to process US chicken for human consumption.
When I was a kid, in rural Mississippi, we had a smokehouse. And in the smokehouse there was a salt bin, about the size of a small freezer, where the 'salt pork' was kept. Fat back would often have a green fungus or something on the rind (skin). We just cut it off and ate the rest....................
Thanks for the info...
Also, CONgress recently approved a law allowing China to process US chicken for human consumption.
I didn’t know. That is alarming.
I thought I’d heard all the oldies...
Starbucks won’t get hurt. Their coffee isn’t particularly high end. Even if it were, Starbucks burns the beans and adds so much flavoring you’d never know. And their customers will pay more if they raise the prices.
There are many small family farms in Latin America that supply really good high end beans. They will be devastated.
One supplier, George Howell, has dropped some of his offerings because of the fungus. His website has a lot of information about the farms that are affected.
Colombian is my fave.
It is better for you anyway. Years ago, I got introduced to a product called Postum, a mixture of ground roast corn and molasses. It wasn't a half-bad substitute. Don't know if it is still around but, as I recall, it was 100% made in the U.S.A.
Is Kona that Hawaiian coffee? Every time I have tried that I have hated it. Too bitter.
I have tried the Jamaican and it is okay.
A lot of good plants come from Columbia....................;^)
I remember Postum. Haven’t heard that name in 50 years at least.
Correct. It is Kenya, actually. It was discovered about the time the Mohammedans invaded the horn of Africa.
It was a labor intensive crop and there weren't enough Arabs to plant, cultivate and pick it. Guess what and who started the slave trade?
I don’t know what it was. It was green where green wasn’t supposed to be...................
I’d thought it was Ethiopia.......................
I thought Postum was a wheat product. Anyway, it was dropped a couple of years ago. Mormons are not pleased, as it was a decent hot drink substitute for coffee and tea.
China already processing American wild caught salmon & cod.
Discontinued in 2007. Revived in 2012 under license to a small company in limited distribution. IIRC, Paul Harvey used to advertise it........
My town only has 3 major grocery stores now. One of them is typically high priced. This spring, however, they have been selling their store brand Columbian 34-oz for under $7. Just a couple of years ago, they were selling the same for nearly $14.
I have been stocking up by getting a can each time I go to that store, which is once or twice per month.
Walmart has been selling their large store brand can of Columbian for just under $7, but their can is the 27-oz size.
I should mention that Kona is what I recommend to folks who fear third world pesticides sprayed on their coffee. You are right, it is Hawaiian.
The locals introduced me to it. As I recall, one of them told me it was inspired by the South when they had no coffee during the Civil War. Since the South used roast corn, I assumed Postum was roast corn as well.
A quick web search shows they still sell it a specialty places like the Vermont Country Store. But it sure is pricey compared to back then, when it might have been $1.19 a jar.
I hear Chicory and Dandelion root make good coffee.
According to that impeccable source of information Wikipedia, it was Ethiopia's Kaffa Province where coffee was first discovered. It was in the southwest of the country bordering on present-day Kenya.
Now I am curious as to whether the Muslim term for slave/non-Muslim, Kaffir also originated from here.
Costco carries a reasonably priced organic coffee (San Francisco Bay brand)
“The cultivated chicory plant has a history reaching back to ancient Egyptian time. Medieval monks raised the plants and when coffee was introduced to Europe, the Dutch thought that chicory made a lively addition to the bean drink.
In the United States chicory root has long been used as a substitute for coffee in prisons. By the 1840s, the port of New Orleans was the second largest importer of coffee (after New York). Louisianans began to add chicory root to their coffee when Union naval blockades during the American Civil War cut off the port of New Orleans, thereby creating a long-standing tradition.”
We are slave to it now........................
This would make sense considering that the world went into a Dark Ages after the collapse of the Ancient Egyptian Empire much as it did after the collapse of the Roman Empire.
Pure Kona coffee is good when brewed properly, adjust scoops, use chilled water, serve FRESH. Another Hawaiian coffee, grown just south of the Kona region called Ka’u coffee is as rich & full flavored as Kona with less ‘complaints’ of bitterness.
Luck to US all.
Maybe we should ping Sunken Civ?.............
A family member brought the Jamaican back from Jamaica. I think it was genuine. :-)
If you have a dented can store in your area check it out, that is where I get most of my espresso. They generally have both cans and vacuum packs of the latin brands(Cafe Bustelo, Pilon, etc) these are stronger than European brands. On rare occasions I have found Illy and Lavazza (italian). As long as they are still vacuum sealed they are good, I have had Italian espresso many years after expiring, I could not tell any difference.
China already processing American wild caught salmon & cod.
Yes. I see it all the time. I always look on the country of origin and if it says China, I put it back in the store freezer. I refuse to buy it.
I am amazed how many people will buy fruits and vegetables from places like Mexico, Chili, etc., when there is a good USA alternative. I’ll see tomatoes from Mexico and then some from USA. How could anyone with 1/2 a brain pick up the ones from Mexico? Are the that clueless to the sanitation conditions in some of these other nations?
Besides, if I can help the American farmer, I will surely do that every time vs. helping some Chinese or Mexican farmer dumping products over here.
>>I remember Postum. Havent heard that name in 50 years at least.
You can still get it on Amazon- 8oz for between $16 and $20.