Skip to main content

Brazil is on the brink of a coffee shortage

Not only will coffee be more expensive, it may also taste worse.

Raw coffee beans imported from Brazil lie in sacks in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup/AFP/Getty Images)

Your morning caffeine fix is in jeopardy: Brazil is on the brink of a coffee shortage.

As the worst drought in decades bears down on Brazil, the world’s biggest coffee producer is reaching a breaking point. 

The crop may fall below 50 million bags, a staggering loss when compared to its potential yield of 58 million.

 As a result, the cost of Arabica coffee beans — the variety beloved by Starbucks’ baristas — is skyrocketing. 

While the 50 percent spike in coffee prices hasn’t yet translated to a more expensive ‘cup of Joe’ at the counter, it could soon. 

On Monday, the price of coffee per pound reached $1.75, the highest in over a year. Prices may even reach $2 in the not-so-distant future, Bloomberg reported.

To the chagrin of latte lovers everywhere, a trend towards using cheaper beans could negatively impact the taste of coffee blends.

Southeast Asian robusta beans, which are known for their bitter taste and commonly found in instant coffee, may start being brewed more widely. 

Many espresso aficionados look down their noses at the “commoner” substitution, but if the price gap continues to widen they may have to suck it up — or pull out their wallets.

As more and more people around the world consume coffee each year, the impact of a poor harvest has a greater reach.

 According to Bloomberg, coffee supplies will only exceed demand by 400,000 bags this year.

In an interview with The Washington Post, a coffee buyer said that the developing world once made coffee, and the developed world drank it. But, that is no longer the case.

“More people are drinking coffee,”
Kim Ionescu, a buyer and sustainability manager for Counter Culture coffee roasting company, said in an interview. 

“And more people are drinking better coffee.”

Popular posts from this blog


While "Flavor" is very subjective, and each country that grows mangoes is very nationalistic, these are the mango varieties that are the most sought after around the world because of sweetnesss (Brix) and demand.

The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???

In alphabetical order by Country....



Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.32 PM IST

Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.

However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.

Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Inaugurating a two-day Vasanthotsava organized by Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisargadhama and the Corporation at P…

MEET MELANIA TRUMP: The 5'11" supermodel married to Donald Trump

Aly Weisman, INSIDER

Sep. 2, 2015, 3:28 PM 

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

While Donald Trump loves to be the center of media attention, his third and current wife, Melania Trump, is a bit more camera shy.

The Slovenian-born model keeps a lower profile than her husband, doing philanthropy work, raising their son, working on a jewelry collection with QVC, and creating a $150-an-ounce caviar moisturizer.

With Trump on the campaign trail, Melania has stoically stood by his side.

But who exactly is Melania and where did she come from? Learn about Trump's other half here ...

Melania Knauss was born April 26, 1970, in Slovenia.


The 5'11" brunette began her modeling career at 16, and signed with a modeling agency in Milan at 18.

Chris Hondros/Newsmakers via Getty

She took a break from modeling to get her degree in design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.



But after graduating, her modeling career took off and Me…