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Guest Post: Inflation Hits Coffee As Brewers Secretly Swap Robusta For Arabica

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From Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg

Inflation Hits Coffee As Brewers Secretly Swap Robusta for Arabica

This article hit close to home for me.  Literally.  It was just over the holiday season that I mentioned to my mom that her coffee doesn’t taste as good as it used to.  She insisted that she was buying the same blend as always and I insisted it didn’t taste as good.  The conversation ended there.

Then I came across the following article and everything started to make sense.  From the Daily Finance:

Reuters is reporting that many of America’s major brands have been quietly tweaking their coffee blends. While most coffee companies consider their blends trade secrets, and are loath to disclose exactly what goes into them, both circumstantial and direct evidence suggests they’re now substituting lower-grade Robusta beans for some of their pricier Arabica, and degrading the quality of our coffee.

Research out of agricultural bank Rabobank confirms that demand for Arabica beans among coffee buyers “has fallen 27% year-to-date, while Robusta [demand] is 25% higher.” This seems to confirm a widespread alteration of the bean mix.

Why the switcheroo? Prepare to not be shocked. The answer is: price.

Now here’s the kicker of the article.


When you get right down to it, if there’s more Robusta in our coffee but people still find it drinkable, and the coffee’s getting a bit cheaper in consequence, where’s the harm?

What’s the harm?  I didn’t think whether coffee was “drinkable” or not was the point of drinking coffee.  The harm is this is just another example of standards of living being eroded by inflation.  Inflation that we are told doesn’t exist.  Just another day in Oceania…

Full article here.

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 02:14 | 3128846 Dave Thomas
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Get yourself vaporizing, cheaper and healtier.




Takes a bit of experimenting with all the different cartomizers and such, but once you're dialed in it's cheap as shit.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 09:17 | 3129135 Ralph Spoilsport
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I've been vaping for 3 years and am now trying to quit nicotine once and for all. I used the Rough Stack from Mad Vapes and various clearomizers with nic liquid from Backwoods Brew. Vaping is cheap and it works well once you get the hang of it like you said. It's a lot better for your lungs than inhaling burning plant material with hundreds of chemicals added if you have to "smoke". The problem is the addictive nature of nicotine.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 19:04 | 3131023 smiler03
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Holy Smoking Hail Mary, I just suck the vapours direct from my deisel engine exhaust pipe, it's already paid for and harmless. /s


Seriously.. you Americans think that if you consume 1 ounce of high fructose syrup you'll get cancer but smoking dope, tobacco and whatever the horrifyingly sounding substance(s) above is, that it won't harm you. You're certainly unique.

BTW, we Europeans consume far far less high fructose shit than you. It's close to being banned but we still get obese.. but that's for another thread I think.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:06 | 3128285 SILVERGEDDON

Ban those high capacity coffee makers !!!

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:20 | 3128312 El Oregonian
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I bought 160 LBs. of green coffee beans year and a half ago, stored with another 320 LBs green beans cold buried. I'm ready...

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 19:06 | 3131036 smiler03
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Have you noticed any new plants in the yard?

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 00:49 | 3128762 ball-and-chain
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Everyone is still looking for that elusive hyper-inflation.

It's not here, folks.

Most price-hikes you see are due to speculation.

Deflation shall rule the day.

This is Japanese-style nuclear winter.


Mon, 01/07/2013 - 01:23 | 3128808 dogbreath
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If you need to stockpile caffiene stockpile TEA, it doesnt spoil quickly.  Coffee nedsto be used fresh and it only keeps as a green bean.  That coffee you bought is already stale.  I buy the best coffee from my local roaster and pay between 15 and 25 per pound.  The last  one was a yemen mocha cultivar grown on muai.  Fantastic stuff and worth the money.  My roaster also sells green beans that keep indefinately.


http://www.javajivecoffee.ca/    <-----the best coffee

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 02:31 | 3128864 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Thanks for the input, but...


If you need to stockpile caffiene stockpile TEA, it doesnt spoil quickly.


I've got tea as well.


That coffee you bought is already stale.


No, it isn't.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 04:08 | 3128931 dogbreath
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Respectfully, compared to what I drink any packaged coffee is shit

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 12:17 | 3129613 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Respectfully, I'm not going to pay $20 per pound for coffee. What am I supposed to do, get an extra job?


Mon, 01/07/2013 - 13:30 | 3129851 dogbreath
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I understand, but I rarely buy a cup coffee anywhere so I am not paying 2.75 everyday for a Cup of joe and a pound lasts me about three weeks.  Its not more expensive and the coffee is soooo good.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 09:33 | 3129163 tabasco71
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Hmm, well the market for these doesn't look great then:


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:29 | 3128007 lakecity55
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Hmmmm I have had my suspicions.......once again, ZH scoops the commie media.

Forward, Soviet!

Party Members may buy real coffee at the Hammer and Sicle store near you.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:28 | 3128009 The Juggernaut
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Can the revolution start now?  meeeeh!  Everyone is getting antsy.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:40 | 3128038 Bawneee Fwank
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If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight?


"Our framers were very clear on this. If my government comes to take my guns, they are violating one of my constitutional rights that is covered by the 2nd amendment.

It is not my right, at that point, but my responsibility to respond in the name of liberty. What I am telling you is something that many are trying to soft sell, and many others have tried to avoid putting into print, but I am going to say it. The time for speaking in code is over. 

You have the right to kill any representative of this government who tries to tread on your liberty. I am thinking about self-defense and not talking about inciting a revolution. Re-read Jefferson’s quote. He talks about a “last resort.” I am not trying to start a Revolt, I am talking about self-defense. If the day for Revolution comes, when no peaceful options exist, we may have to talk about that as well. None of us wants to think about that, but please understand that a majority can not take away your rights as an American citizen.

Congress could pass gun ban legislation by a 90%+ margin and it just would not matter. I think some people are very unclear on this. This is the reason we have a Supreme Court, and though I do not doubt that the Supreme Court can also become corrupt, in 2008 they got it right. They supported the constitution. It does not matter what the majority supports because America is not a democracy. A constitutional republic protects the rights of every single citizen, no matter what their “elected servants” say. A majority in America only matters when the constitution is not in play.

I just wrote what every believer in the constitution wants to say, and what every constitutional blogger needs to write. The truth of the matter is that this type of speech is viewed as dangerous and radical or subversive, and it could gain me a world of trouble that I do not want. It is also the truth. To make myself clear I will tell you again. If they come for your guns it is your right to use those guns against them and to kill them. You are protected by our constitution."

This guy is tired of waiting as well...lets discuss this, post this up Tylers.  I would actually love to see the responces to this.


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:59 | 3128122 Janice
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In this day of big brother monitoring the Internet, it is reckless to discuss such things in a public forum...much like the founding fathers who had to meet in secrecy. However, in the South, we've long had a saying, "If they come for my guns, they have to take the bullets first."

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:37 | 3128209 El Oregonian
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When it comes to the constitution, which I took an oath to defend in 1973, against enemies foreign and DOMESTIC. That OATH WAS A LIFETIME OATH. I, like my fore bearers before me, shall honor my oath and come to the aid of my country when asked.

Big Brother will become my Goliath. I, like David, a mere sheepherder, will find the stones to subdue him, but I will need only the first one to achieve what many thought impossible. Be careful Goliath, be careful of the herders of the sheep, for your time to get rocked approacheth...

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 00:14 | 3128696 chubbar
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Well, it's pretty fucking obvious that our elected congress and president is an enemy against our constitution. This isn't going to be pretty. Now what? Who goes first?

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:18 | 3128310 bigrooster
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When free men will no longer speak up because of fear of their government then they are no longer free.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:08 | 3128144 Bad Attitude
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If Dear Leader can't get congressional cooperation on this gun control push, he'll just use executive orders and fight it in court later.

Dear Leader seems to be overreaching more and more. He will overreach on this gun control push, too. It will be ugly and piss everybody off. He is expecting grudging compliance as has happened when he overreached before. But, I believe he is like a child sitting in a puddle of gasoline playing with matches - he is going to start something he cannot stop.

Someone posted a link to a Matt Bracken short story a few days ago. It is a worth reading and pondering.

"...though I do not doubt that the Supreme Court can also become corrupt..."

A few months ago, Justice John Roberts switched is vote and saved Obamacare. I think that marks the point that the Supreme Court became corrupt.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:15 | 3128167 Sean7k
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You need to go back waaaayyyyy farther: Marbury v Madison. That assumes you remember that most early decisions were ignored- see indian law cases. Dred Scott? FDR packing the court? The list is long my friend. Taney first ruled corporations were people. The court is just another arm of the Rothschilds. 

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 23:42 | 3128656 fourchan
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it worked for randy weaver and dave koresch.....not

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:30 | 3128011 buzzsaw99
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I buy my arabica beans whole.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:54 | 3128102 SHEEPFUKKER

I mostly drink Irish coffees so I'm not too bothered. 

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:30 | 3128015 nmewn
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Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:07 | 3128287 XitSam
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Yeah. Just the other day, I thought I had dandruff. Turns out there's sawdust in my shampoo! Those heathens!

Seriously, I have a couple cans of coffee stashed and I don't drink it. :) Does anyone know where to find full metal cans of coffee?  Not with some mylar sealing the top, but all metal that would require a can opener to get into.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 23:49 | 3128669 tenpanhandle
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in a stash near you.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:30 | 3128016 Sudden Debt
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No coffee...
No workee!

and so the economy will crash and burn! you mark my words!

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:30 | 3128199 Acet
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No danger of that: robusta has even more cafeine than arabica, it just tastes worse.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:40 | 3128216 ShrNfr
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Stop and Shop house brand subsituted battery acid for the robusta long since in their instant coffee. I have never, ever, tasted as vile a blend in my life.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 10:55 | 3129334 shovelhead
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I think the battery acid would be preferable to any instant coffee.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:31 | 3128018 Bullwinkle Moose
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We haven't seen anything yet. We will look back on what is now and call it "the good old days."

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:43 | 3128059 uno
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yes, every day gets less freedom, lower standard of living.  5 years from now we will wish for these days

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 22:10 | 3128430 bearwinkle
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I've been doing that for sometime :(

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:32 | 3128020 knukles
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What about us tea drinkers? 

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:36 | 3128035 lakecity55
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They'll get u next. probably put grass clippings from BO's yard into the tea bags.

All coffee and tea are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:52 | 3128095 CrockettAlmanac.com
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That Earl Grey is always lording it over the others.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 23:32 | 3128541 Toronto Kid
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Dandelion tea made from dandelion leaves. It's damn expensive at $20 an organic can, but should be easy enough to grow your own in pots.

And if you like dandelion leaves watered by squirrels and the local cats, you can gather the leaves for free from the local lawns.

Makes good wine, and salad, as well as tea.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 23:47 | 3128666 Tijuana Donkey Show
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I trap and eat all the furry rats. I'm helping the CPI, as squirrel tastes like beef, so as a substitute for expensive chicken, it's a winner.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:37 | 3128037 Sudden Debt
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you will remain the laughingstock at work, don't worry.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:39 | 3128044 knukles
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My secretary really rankles twice a day every day when she has to put on her French maid dominatrix uniform and serve me my tea on fine china....
Mrs. K just hates doing that....

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:09 | 3128291 Anusocracy
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Tell her to quit complaining or you'll get Barney Frank to do it.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 22:42 | 3128534 Miffed Microbio...
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Wow, mrs K and I should go out for coffee sometime. Our men think alike!
(the coffee reference is to keep from being accused of high jacking the thread)


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:41 | 3128054 Hulk
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25 percent chigger infested ,dried grass clippins for ya'll...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:40 | 3128218 ShrNfr
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How about the tea smokers?

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 01:43 | 3128826 dogbreath
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If you like Tea you owe yourslf a trip to China.  I spent days and days in the tea markets <---- imagine a shopping mall filled with small tea retailers like 200 of them.  You can sample as much tea as you can handle.   Most tea available (in Canada anyway) is low grade shit.   Tons of variety.



Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:33 | 3128022 ShortTheUS
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Most food isn't food these days. It's sugar bombs (Charles Smith's term), filled with salt and fat. And most people don't even know it.

So don't just blame the producers, blame the neandersheep consumers.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:36 | 3128034 nmewn
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Who's been following the trials & travails of the Kansas sperm donor now being sued by the state who donated his "stuff" to a couple of lezbo's who wound up not being able to provide for said crumb cruncher?

Children, avert your eyes...


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:42 | 3128055 knukles
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Gives new meaning to the sage advice of "keeping it in your pants"... "or in the family."

See this here proves that women can get pregnant by....
(never mind, even I with my pitiful standards cannot bring myself to say it)

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!