Wallingford businesses Pangaea Organica Coffee and A Muddy Cup were featured during a KIRO 7 News segment on Tuesday about rising coffee prices. According to the segment, the International Coffee Organization reports that coffee prices have more than doubled in the past two years, from $1.06 per pound to $2.24 per pound. They attribute skyrocketing prices to high fuel prices and bad weather conditions in Colombia.
Coffee roaster Rick Riehle of Pangaea Organica talks about how his costs are at a 14 year high which will impact his 20 commercial customers in the area, including A Muddy Cup. Owners Mathew Willis and Sarah Dolezal from A Muddy Cup hate the thought of raising their prices, but pretty soon, they won’t have a choice. Willis said he hopes to try and make any sort of price increase “as gentle as possible.”
You can watch the segment here, (after viewing a 15 second spot, advance the counter from 46:35 to 48:45.)
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