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(CBS News)   Brazilian drought means consumers will be spending more money on the most critical, essential building block to life: coffee   (cbsnews.com) divider line 38
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2014-04-25 12:51:10 AM
Stockpiling now.
 
2014-04-25 02:01:05 AM
All the coffee I drink comes from Africa, Hawaii, Indonesia or Colombia, anyways.
 
2014-04-25 02:09:15 AM
I predict this will end up costing eleventy brazillion dollars.
 
2014-04-25 02:09:51 AM
Pfft who drink bitter ass coffee?I drink energy drinks.
 
2014-04-25 02:14:05 AM

Oldiron_79: Pfft who drink bitter ass coffee?I drink energy drinks.


[oblig xkcd reference]
You drink your "beverage", heathen, and I'll continue to drink coffee.
/While encouraging the most of you coffee drinkers to switch to energy drinks, too.
 
2014-04-25 02:29:30 AM

HotWingAgenda: All the coffee I drink comes from Africa, Hawaii, Indonesia or Colombia, anyways.


For the vast majority, coffee is a fungible commodity. So when the Brazilian supply gets short the blenders will reach for other beans, including the lower tiers of your named varieties.

In fact, you will probably face greater hikes since you desire knowing where your beans are from. Just like if you wanted to know what parts of the named animal your sausage came from.

/your Hawaiian is probably safe
 
2014-04-25 02:32:59 AM
Time to write a bank robbery note on the back of a completed job application
 
2014-04-25 02:56:06 AM
*sniffs around carefully to stock up a slight bit*

Coffee raises the occasional bit of hell in my gut, but....as long as I'm careful, I'm OK.

How are the coffee pickers gonna get through this? They're important too.
 
2014-04-25 03:02:56 AM
Who wants Brazilian coffee?

If Monsanto or ConAgra really wanted to win the PR war against the EnviroNazis they would develop a strain of coffee that can be grown in the corn fields of Iowa.
 
2014-04-25 03:06:10 AM
Here's my suggestion:
For any shortage in coffee, Brazil should fill the remaining space in each can with cocaine.

It just MIGHT make up for the lack of coffee in terms of effect.
 
2014-04-25 03:11:54 AM
Too bad Bush wasn't still in office!!! He could simply fake an attack on us then blame in on Brazilian people, invade and coffee for everyone.... only costing thousands of human lives!
 
2014-04-25 03:12:59 AM
Meh. I buy Sumatran or Kenyan coffee. Nfg.
 
2014-04-25 03:13:01 AM
I just want everyone's hearts to explode.

Is that wrong?
 
2014-04-25 03:21:31 AM

HotWingAgenda: All the coffee I drink comes from Africa, Hawaii, Indonesia or Colombia, anyways.


The more you eat the more you fart: Meh. I buy Sumatran or Kenyan coffee. Nfg.


Want to know how I know you don't understand basic economics?

/Other than the errant tripe you post in economics/business threads, that is, Agenda.
 
2014-04-25 03:28:13 AM
I never said that a shortage in brazil wont affect overall prices. I said I buy coffee from other countries, so I dont care about a shortage of brazilian coffee.
 
2014-04-25 03:36:36 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-25 03:37:01 AM

The more you eat the more you fart: I never said that a shortage in brazil wont affect overall prices. I said I buy coffee from other countries, so I dont care about a shortage of brazilian coffee.


You're rich.
Buy me some nice green beans to roast, say a nice dry-process Bourbon varietal?
 
2014-04-25 03:40:23 AM

demaL-demaL-yeH: The more you eat the more you fart: I never said that a shortage in brazil wont affect overall prices. I said I buy coffee from other countries, so I dont care about a shortage of brazilian coffee.

You're rich.
Buy me some nice green beans to roast, say a nice dry-process Bourbon varietal?


Im lol rich lol...im a nurse.

Im just serious about my coffee lol
 
2014-04-25 03:43:01 AM

The more you eat the more you fart: demaL-demaL-yeH: The more you eat the more you fart: I never said that a shortage in brazil wont affect overall prices. I said I buy coffee from other countries, so I dont care about a shortage of brazilian coffee.

You're rich.
Buy me some nice green beans to roast, say a nice dry-process Bourbon varietal?

Im lol rich lol...im a nurse.

Im just serious about my coffee lol


So am I, which is why I roast.
 
2014-04-25 03:45:23 AM

demaL-demaL-yeH: The more you eat the more you fart: demaL-demaL-yeH: The more you eat the more you fart: I never said that a shortage in brazil wont affect overall prices. I said I buy coffee from other countries, so I dont care about a shortage of brazilian coffee.

You're rich.
Buy me some nice green beans to roast, say a nice dry-process Bourbon varietal?

Im lol rich lol...im a nurse.

Im just serious about my coffee lol

So am I, which is why I roast.


Im not THAT serious about it lol.

I buy dry-processed singme-origin Kenya-AA or Sumatran coffee...and occasionally Ethiopian. Always fair trade certified.
 
2014-04-25 04:25:43 AM

TheWhoppah: Who wants Brazilian coffee?

If Monsanto or ConAgra really wanted to win the PR war against the EnviroNazis they would develop a strain of coffee that can be grown in the corn fields of Iowa.


Probably been tried, but coffee is a very temperature-sensitive crop. It cannot be grown in cold climates, but, also, not in hot climates. Coffee grown only in mountains of tropical areas. If the Iowa winter doesn't kill crop, the Iowa summer will
 
2014-04-25 04:27:18 AM
Higher coffee prices... does this mean Starbucks gets more douchey?
 
2014-04-25 04:31:11 AM

TheWhoppah: Who wants Brazilian coffee?

If Monsanto or ConAgra really wanted to win the PR war against the EnviroNazis they would develop a strain of coffee that can be grown in the corn fields of Iowa.


I do. There's a brand called Pilão, which you cab buy at most Latin markets or online, that is inexpensive yet positively farking awesome. Try it if you get the chance.

But I wouldn't be too worried about a supply constraint. Colombia has been overproducing beans in recent years, from what I've read, keeping prices low. Maybe prices will spike initially, with the panic over Brazil, but then they'll probably go back to normal. As for hipster coffee shops that got used to the lower cost, they'll get over it.
 
2014-04-25 04:32:56 AM
Bah.  I'm already paying too much because I order my coffee from Jamaica (100% Blue Mountain).  Because of hurricane damage last season, the price went up a bit.  The three pounds I received last week might be it for a while if the price continues to go up.
 
2014-04-25 04:32:58 AM

FloridaFarkTag: TheWhoppah: Who wants Brazilian coffee?

If Monsanto or ConAgra really wanted to win the PR war against the EnviroNazis they would develop a strain of coffee that can be grown in the corn fields of Iowa.

Probably been tried, but coffee is a very temperature-sensitive crop. It cannot be grown in cold climates, but, also, not in hot climates. Coffee grown only in mountains of tropical areas. If the Iowa winter doesn't kill crop, the Iowa summer will


Just plant it in the Iowa Mountains. Duh.
 
2014-04-25 05:06:45 AM
Brazilian coffee is OK.  But there's reserved seating in my cupboards for Kona coffee and Turkish coffee.  In that priority.

/Taste the volcano with every sip
//Wouldn't have it any other way
 
2014-04-25 07:16:05 AM

HotWingAgenda: All the coffee I drink comes from Africa, Hawaii, Indonesia or Colombia, anyways.


Hurry boy it's waiting there for you. IT'S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO DRAG ME AWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY FROM COFFEE
 
2014-04-25 07:19:16 AM

Danger Avoid Death: FloridaFarkTag: TheWhoppah: Who wants Brazilian coffee?

If Monsanto or ConAgra really wanted to win the PR war against the EnviroNazis they would develop a strain of coffee that can be grown in the corn fields of Iowa.

Probably been tried, but coffee is a very temperature-sensitive crop. It cannot be grown in cold climates, but, also, not in hot climates. Coffee grown only in mountains of tropical areas. If the Iowa winter doesn't kill crop, the Iowa summer will

Just plant it in the Iowa Mountains. Duh.


Best you're going to get in Iowa:
northeastiowarcd.org

or maybe this:
mw2.google.com
 
2014-04-25 08:17:03 AM
I buy only ethical free-range coffee. The beans consent to being collected.
 
2014-04-25 08:24:36 AM

FloridaFarkTag: Higher coffee prices... does this mean Starbucks gets more douchey?


Naw....they are transitioning to the dairy industry anyway.
 
2014-04-25 08:45:21 AM

HaveTrowelWillTravel: FloridaFarkTag: Higher coffee prices... does this mean Starbucks gets more douchey?

Naw....they are transitioning to the dairy industry anyway.


The kids just love their liquid pies.
 
2014-04-25 09:07:05 AM

Oldiron_79: Pfft who drink bitter ass coffee?I drink energy drinks.


th08.deviantart.net
"Energy" drinks:  good for recharging a car battery.
 
2014-04-25 09:22:27 AM

cyberspacedout: TheWhoppah: Who wants Brazilian coffee?

If Monsanto or ConAgra really wanted to win the PR war against the EnviroNazis they would develop a strain of coffee that can be grown in the corn fields of Iowa.

I do. There's a brand called Pilão, which you cab buy at most Latin markets or online, that is inexpensive yet positively farking awesome. Try it if you get the chance.

But I wouldn't be too worried about a supply constraint. Colombia has been overproducing beans in recent years, from what I've read, keeping prices low. Maybe prices will spike initially, with the panic over Brazil, but then they'll probably go back to normal. As for hipster coffee shops that got used to the lower cost, they'll get over it.


Stockpiling beans doesn't work the same way in coffee as it does in oil. There's a difference between a fungible commodity like oil and a fungible perishable commodity like coffee beans.

That said, droughts and freezes happen in Brazil. It's a big place. Saying there could be a spike in prices sure to growing conditions in Brazil has a large range of actual outcomes, from 95% fact and 5% hype, to 5% fact and 95% hype.
 
2014-04-25 11:23:32 AM
Let's enjoy coffee while we have it, because if things keep going the way they are, coffee will be available only to the uber-rich in 10 years.
 
2014-04-25 02:35:46 PM

FloridaFarkTag: Higher coffee prices... does this mean Starbucks gets more douchey?


Starbucks sells coffee flavored sugar for most people, so no.
That said:
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-25 03:18:06 PM

Oldiron_79: Pfft who drink bitter ass coffee?I drink energy drinks.


Grown-ups
 
2014-04-25 04:32:32 PM

SVenus: cyberspacedout: TheWhoppah: Who wants Brazilian coffee?

If Monsanto or ConAgra really wanted to win the PR war against the EnviroNazis they would develop a strain of coffee that can be grown in the corn fields of Iowa.

I do. There's a brand called Pilão, which you cab buy at most Latin markets or online, that is inexpensive yet positively farking awesome. Try it if you get the chance.

But I wouldn't be too worried about a supply constraint. Colombia has been overproducing beans in recent years, from what I've read, keeping prices low. Maybe prices will spike initially, with the panic over Brazil, but then they'll probably go back to normal. As for hipster coffee shops that got used to the lower cost, they'll get over it.

Stockpiling beans doesn't work the same way in coffee as it does in oil. There's a difference between a fungible commodity like oil and a fungible perishable commodity like coffee beans.

That said, droughts and freezes happen in Brazil. It's a big place. Saying there could be a spike in prices sure to growing conditions in Brazil has a large range of actual outcomes, from 95% fact and 5% hype, to 5% fact and 95% hype.


Yeah, I was thinking it would be hype that's driving up prices currently. I guess the question is how long the drought lasts. Supposedly, dried coffee beans can be stored up to two years before roasting.

Of course, in a worst case scenario, we could all switch to tea. [cue dramatic music]
 
2014-04-25 06:52:19 PM
Huh. I just bought a pound of Brazilian coffee and it's true what they say. No hair around the edges. But I usually get stuff that comes from Papua New Guinea.
 
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