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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
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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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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 Road Warrior 04 (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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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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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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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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