There is a strong chance we may all have to cut back on coffee consumption for a while.
This is because there have been some terrible disasters in many of the world’s major coffee producing regions and not only have stocks been lost but prices for remaining coffee stocks are going through the roof.
I am back at the helm after a summer of recreating the Barisador website in a system called WordPress and it is good timing because we are entering a phase where I will need to be liaising constantly with my suppliers to maintain supply and pricing.
As you will know if you have been around me for a while, Baristador Coffee is a “service” for coffee aficionados, not one of those big brand, stale/cheap coffee-pushing brands. This means that there is little margin to play with in the pricing to absorb some of the shocks that lie before us.
However, I also want to stress that I will not be altering any pricing for current stock.
This means that if you were considering buying some coffee soon, I suggest placing your order now to exploit current pricing.
I will keep you up-to-date on any changes and do my best to steer us through this storm with the least damage.
On present predictions, it looks like I will be paying 50c more per bag in the near future so although that is not a nightmarish scenrio, I hope it gives you some perspective on where we are heading so you can manage your buying patterns appropriately.
In summary, I don’t want to panic you into buying now. I simply wish to keep you in the loop. At this stage I am expecting a small price rise rather than actual product shortages but it would be foolish to say we are fully immune from shortages.
Feel free to ask questions or make comments – this is OUR coffee service after all.
Yours in the spirit of espresso
Steve, if you increase your 1-kg coffee bag by a few dollars, it means that the espresso cup only increases by a few cents. I’m sure that people will still continue to drink coffee! People adjust quickly to change, including price increase.
I think you are right, although I should add that I only sell Half Pound bags to ensure freshness all the way through (just clarifying in case people wonder where the 1kg bags can be found).
When you find a coffee you like you will tend to keep drinking it and weather a few price changes.
I know with bananas I still eat them, even though they cost a fortune at the moment, because they are a crucial part of my daily habits.
Thanks for your comment.