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Coffee Industry Hit by Fungus, Coffee Prices Rising
techsonia.com ^ | 5/18/14

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: classism; coffee; coffeefungus; drink; food
High end coffees apparently will be hardest hit. Boo hoo. Starbucks might lose money, so there IS a silver lining.
1 posted on 05/19/2014 6:37:42 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

First my bacon and now my coffee!


2 posted on 05/19/2014 6:43:53 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

Bacon has a fungus?


3 posted on 05/19/2014 6:45:52 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: goodwithagun

4 posted on 05/19/2014 6:47:27 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: goodwithagun
First my bacon and now my coffee!

Back yard chickens will keep breakfast alive!

5 posted on 05/19/2014 6:47:30 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


6 posted on 05/19/2014 6:47:48 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’d like a Fungusamungus dark roast with a shot of simple syrup, please.


7 posted on 05/19/2014 6:50:49 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Dr. Sivana

The coffee from South America is the best, IMHO. Even though Africa is the ancestral home of coffee...........


8 posted on 05/19/2014 6:53:32 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: thackney

No, but many little bacon seeds (piglets) recently died from a bad virus that swept through factory farms.


9 posted on 05/19/2014 6:53:35 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

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!


10 posted on 05/19/2014 6:54:01 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: grobdriver

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.


11 posted on 05/19/2014 6:55:39 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: thackney
Bacon has a fungus?

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....................

12 posted on 05/19/2014 6:56:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: goodwithagun

Thanks for the info...


13 posted on 05/19/2014 6:57:38 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: goodwithagun

Also, CONgress recently approved a law allowing China to process US chicken for human consumption.


I didn’t know. That is alarming.


14 posted on 05/19/2014 6:59:08 AM PDT by boycott
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To: skeeter

“Fungusamungus”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CxU2Jcty_U


15 posted on 05/19/2014 7:01:41 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I thought I’d heard all the oldies...


16 posted on 05/19/2014 7:04:24 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Red Badger
The coffee from South America is the best, IMHO. Even though Africa is the ancestral home of coffee...........

For me, it depends on context. A good Colombian is always a safe choice. However, can you easily dismiss a good Kenya, Sumatra, Kona (NOT blend), or the elite Jamaica Blue Mountain?

Also , a lot of economy (Maxwell House, Yuban, Chase and Sanborn) comes out of Brazil.
17 posted on 05/19/2014 7:04:50 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


18 posted on 05/19/2014 7:05:14 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Red Badger

Colombian is my fave.


19 posted on 05/19/2014 7:10:33 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: grobdriver
LOL! Or do what the South did during the Civil War to deal with the coffee shortage: ground roast corn.

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.

20 posted on 05/19/2014 7:10:57 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Red Badger
Fat back would often have a green fungus or something on the rind (skin).

Mold?

21 posted on 05/19/2014 7:11:39 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

22 posted on 05/19/2014 7:12:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Dr. Sivana

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.


23 posted on 05/19/2014 7:12:48 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: luvbach1

A lot of good plants come from Columbia....................;^)


24 posted on 05/19/2014 7:12:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Vigilanteman

I remember Postum. Haven’t heard that name in 50 years at least.


25 posted on 05/19/2014 7:13:36 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: Red Badger
Africa is the ancestral home of coffee...

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?

26 posted on 05/19/2014 7:13:41 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: luvbach1

I don’t know what it was. It was green where green wasn’t supposed to be...................


27 posted on 05/19/2014 7:14:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Vigilanteman

I’d thought it was Ethiopia.......................


28 posted on 05/19/2014 7:15:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


29 posted on 05/19/2014 7:16:28 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: boycott

China already processing American wild caught salmon & cod.


30 posted on 05/19/2014 7:16:44 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Vigilanteman

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postum

Discontinued in 2007. Revived in 2012 under license to a small company in limited distribution. IIRC, Paul Harvey used to advertise it........


31 posted on 05/19/2014 7:17:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: SoFloFreeper
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.


Really. The few times I have had a TRUE Kona, not the "blend" found at gas stations, I found it mild and smooth. Unless you paid a SERIOUS premium for the Jamaican ($40 a pound and up) you received a blend with a smidgen of Jamaican. Jamaican has a strong flavor.
32 posted on 05/19/2014 7:21:34 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: SoFloFreeper; F15Eagle; Larry Lucido

Fungus?!?


33 posted on 05/19/2014 7:21:44 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


34 posted on 05/19/2014 7:22:14 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


35 posted on 05/19/2014 7:23:57 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Red Badger; Dr. Sivana; luvbach1
I stand corrected. It was roasted wheat bran, not corn bran. I lived in the midst of Mormons (southeast Idaho) briefly after the Teton Dam broke in the mid 1970s. First and last Federal job I ever held.

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.

36 posted on 05/19/2014 7:25:01 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman
"LOL! Or do what the South did during the Civil War to deal with the coffee shortage: ground roast corn."

I hear Chicory and Dandelion root make good coffee.

37 posted on 05/19/2014 7:25:55 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Red Badger
It may have been discovered in Ethiopia, but I believe it was neighboring Kenya were it was first commercialized.

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.

38 posted on 05/19/2014 7:33:54 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Costco carries a reasonably priced organic coffee (San Francisco Bay brand)


39 posted on 05/19/2014 7:34:32 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Vigilanteman

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicory

“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.[54] By the 1840s, the port of New Orleans was the second largest importer of coffee (after New York).[53] 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.[53]”


40 posted on 05/19/2014 7:37:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Vigilanteman

Probably so.

Kaffir
Kaffa
Coffee
We are slave to it now........................


41 posted on 05/19/2014 7:39:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger
It sounds like the "discovery" in Ethopia or Kenya as the case may be in the 8th century was actually a "rediscovery" of something developed in Ancient Egypt.

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.

42 posted on 05/19/2014 7:47:52 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


43 posted on 05/19/2014 7:50:50 AM PDT by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: Vigilanteman

Maybe we should ping Sunken Civ?.............

44 posted on 05/19/2014 8:29:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Dr. Sivana

A family member brought the Jamaican back from Jamaica. I think it was genuine. :-)


45 posted on 05/19/2014 8:56:17 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
A family member brought the Jamaican back from Jamaica. I think it was genuine. :-)

Check. You thought it was just "good"? Sigh.
46 posted on 05/19/2014 8:58:04 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: TomGuy

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.


47 posted on 05/19/2014 9:09:00 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: Cold Heart

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.


48 posted on 05/19/2014 9:24:13 AM PDT by boycott
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To: luvbach1

>>I remember Postum. Haven’t heard that name in 50 years at least.

You can still get it on Amazon- 8oz for between $16 and $20.


49 posted on 05/19/2014 9:44:32 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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