Al MacLeod combines beans to create his Triumph blend, a mix of Colombian, Brazilian and Indian beans used for espresso. MacLeod does not anticipate having to increase prices due to the coffee rust damaging crops in Central and South America. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
Central, South American coffee plant disease unlikely to affect the cost of your cup of Joe
Coffee lovers need not fear.
A fungus called coffee rust that has caused more than $1 billion in damage to the coffee crop in Central and South America is unlikely to cause prices to rise at your local coffee house.
Al MacLeod, a local roaster and owner of Joe Beans in downtown La Grande, says he’s heard of the situation but hasn’t felt the effects.
“I haven’t dealt with the rising costs at the moment,” he said. “Coffee is an agricultural product just like any other harvestable commodity.”
And recent harvests have been hit hard by the coffee rust in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica. The fungus is especially deadly...
for the full story, see Wednesday's edition of The Observer