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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nmewn's picture

Been laughing my ass off over it ever since it "came up". Here we have the example of a good samaritan, merely trying to help out this poor hopeless, hapless "progressive"couple and whammo...the jaws of the state slam down around his "laborious efforts" like a steel bear

Of course (continuing with animal metphors) this seemed odd...

"Intrigued" by the ad, he agreed to donate and says he delivered three cupfuls of his sperm -- gratis -- to the women, one of whom gave birth to a daughter.

"I donated genetic material, and that was it for me," he told CNN affiliate WIBW."


Ok now, either the child is as bucktoothed as an old sway-back nag or he has missed his calling in life ;-)

knukles's picture

Holy spermatozoa, Batman!
3 cup fulls.

(there's something wrong, here, folks)

Was it fresh or frozen?
What was the expiration date?
Was it FDA approved?
Pasteurized, homogenized or natural, raw?
Was he raw?

These questions just keep coming.

(Hah ha ha ha get it, coming?)

nmewn's picture

Clearly we have arrived at the point in the matrix where we need a Sperm Czar to keep an eye on these WMR's!

(Weapons of Mass Reproduction)

Hulk's picture

Next time, to avoid  legal complications, he should just cum in their shoes and let the Flys do the rest...

smiler03's picture

You're 5 years behind. Same story in the UK... 2007....

lakecity55's picture

I remember this story. I think the kid's name is "Ed."

Bad Attitude's picture

The moral of the story: No good deed goes unpunished!

nmewn's picture

I'm raising the Black prisoners.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Oh Nmewn you have me laughing so hard now! A few yrs back when I was working graveyards a man came in at 4AM to have a semen analysis done. Why you guys tend to do this at this time is beyond me... May be too embarrassed in front of lots of people? Well at that time we were dealing with a horrible bleeding double trauma and I was overwhelmed so I grabbed a specimen cup and quickly showed the guy the bathroom. I felt so bad when I closed the door, his eyes were big with that sad sort of pleading look. I just didn't have time for him... Sort of a triage moment. Well, the lab called me at 11AM when I was trying to sleep. Did I happen to put a guy in the bathroom for a semen specimen? OH GOD... I forgot him! Well they just pulled him out exhausted....he was so sorry he just couldn't fill the cup I gave him!


Frozen's picture

For the sake of everyone, I'm sorry you are so moronic.  If there is anything I hate more than the state, it is the whiny gobstopper who plays the stupid victim when he is caught with his pants down.  I don't consider a "man" a good samaritan who places cheap commercial value on the sanctity of life.  You fail to see the irony in giving this nitwit credit for aiding the creation of a state-sponsored welfare sponge, that is likely to come out of your pocket.

nmewn's picture

The state and the dykes are fighting your battle for you grasshopper, they must be saying his sperm is in fact, life.

mercenaryomics's picture


Artificial insemination generally isn't covered by health insurance and usually costs between $2,000 and $3,000, said Steve Snyder, a Minnesota-based attorney and chairman of the American Bar Association's group on assisted reproduction technology.


And one wonders why people just buy the kit online for $30 and inseminate "without a doctor."  Another instance of the state pushing a particular costly state-sanctioned service on someone rather than letting the market work. If you want rights, you must agree to be a debt-peasant of big pharma. 

knukles's picture

Or can get a guy to do it for free...
I mean, there are ways to simplify life.'s picture


And one wonders why people just buy the kit online for $30 and inseminate


Back in my day they didn't have kits. We did it ourselves from scratch.

nmewn's picture

lol...and here I was thinkin a strap-on turkey baster!

(I'm sorry, that was just wrong on so many levels)

knukles's picture

I'm laughing and at a loss for a porn site joke about turkey basters....

nmewn's picture

I can't get the image out of my deserve it ;-)

cbxer55's picture

A strap-on turkey baster with 3 cupfuls of semen! Not a pretty picture. Yuck. Make a hell of a smelly mess. 

ShrNfr's picture

Alternatetively, they could have done something using the actress after the bukkake flick was over.

tenpanhandle's picture

aka: turkey bastard makers

dogbreath's picture



There were a coupla dykes in the yukon in the 98 or 99 thereabouts.  They livesd across the way from an aqaintance.  They got some sucker to donate a load or two and used a turkey baster to do the insemination.  What mental problems will that kid have.  Femminists are evil

apberusdisvet's picture

Luckily,  those of us in SoFl can buy Columbiana whole beans for a decent price.  Grind your own.

notadouche's picture

How about false advertisement or bait and switch.  How about something to do with integrity.  I know it's a lost art in our society but it is still valued by many.

Salon's picture

This is just another example of how our quality of life must go down during this rebalancing.

Deleveraging, even if hidden by inflation, is inevitable.

If they can hide the deleveraging with inflation, then hide the inflation, most people wont notice

FreeMktFisherMN's picture

it can't be hidden. The distortions of money printing, which is the definition of inflation, don't give good feedback/signals about productivity. In the 'roaring 20s,' the Fed printed a lot of money in looking for 'price stability' when the truth is that prices should have fallen more to reflect productivity gains. People should reap the benefits of their labor. The more productive, the less input needed, and more effort can go to other endeavors. And there is hardly any deleveraging right now. People are adding debt. Bankruptcy sometimes is the only option, but as was noted on ZH awhile ago, it is not the same as actually paying back loans, debt, etc., which is how I view deleveraging. The lenders lose in bankruptcy, although they should know the risk going into it of being defaulted on. 

NoDebt's picture

It can be hidden from many.  Serve them cat food and tell them it's pate (sorry don't know how to do the accents over the a and e).

That's a basic assumption in the current CPI calculation (subsitution of cheaper alternatives at a constant level of "enjoyment"), as explained on ZH in the recent past.

Reality is, of course, we've got flat wages and rising prices for all basics of life and industrial input for DECADES.  So, yeah, we're going backwards.  But they're heavily invested in convincing us we're NOT going backwards, because they know they can't sustain this fiction any other way.


smiler03's picture

Hi NoDebt... here's a quick and easy way to deal with those troublesome graves, umlauts etc.....


Find the wikipedia page, normally very easy, for example:  then highlight and copy the main word and paste where required and, voilà (not viola ;O))


lakecity55's picture

Knew about the switch              

Did not know about the switch


Did ophone know?

knukles's picture

Please do not give those people any new ideas.
The oPhone, talks liberal neotripe 24/7/365

lakecity55's picture


I tried to erase the post.

You're right. Gold, coffee, what's next?

knukles's picture

No more 4 hour erections.

lakecity55's picture

This explains why more members at the club have been getting testy lately.

I'm proposing a 13th Tradition: No Robusto Beans.

goldfish1's picture

Yeah, on that note I decided to switch back to a not smart phone.

And, I even went a day without my phone.....

the old freedoms....available for the taking...'s picture


Knew about the switch              

Did not know about the switch


How many folks know that the government began requiring cigarette makers to but flame retardants in cigarettes starting in 2010? If you buy the tubes and make your own you can avoid the added chemicals (for now).

NoDebt's picture

Every smoker knew that.  Look for the letters "FSC" on the pack- that's it.  Although the letters stand for Fire Safety Cigarette, smokers refer to it colloquially as "Fucking Sucks Cock".  Ask me how I know.


cbxer55's picture

Switch to good hand-rolled cigars. No additives, no preservatives. Nothing but the finest all pure tobacco. Sittin here in my one bedroom apartment burning one now, smells good! ;-)'s picture


Every smoker knew that.


I didn't and neither has anyone I've spoken with.


Ask me how I know.


How did you know?

tenpanhandle's picture

 A cigarette that retards flame?  How apt.

Prison Justice's picture

Hadn't noticed.....Juan Valdez brings a fresh cup to my kitchen window each morning.  And that man is as good as his word.

Salon's picture

If you know good coffee you can taste the difference when they start adding robusta beans. It is sour and poorly flavored.

This has been going on a while. Unless it says 100 percent Arabica then it has robusta beans.

100 percent Columbian? LMFAO! That's when I knew the robusta bean scam was in full swing.

q99x2's picture

I gave up drugs and alcohol for coffee. This can't be fucking happening man. I didn't come all that way for this.

lakecity55's picture

I heard they got some real stuff over at Stalag 16. Carter and Kinch are going out tonight to trade.

knukles's picture

Gonna have to upgrade to those rare beans hand picked from freshly tossed monkey turds by poverty stricken uneducated underage Luddite mentally deficient native children in Bongobongo or wherever.  Have been fully endorsed by the Liberal Bastion of Freedom Loving Natural State Preservation as Organic, Natural, Low Emissions, Miniscule Carbon Footprint, Sustainable, Dumbass, Overpriced Yuppie Crap bought almost exclusively by the Berkinstock Crowd at Whole Foods.  Sold next to the $300 Lulunacrazymon  Yoga jerkoff tights.
Lucky you.

Bill Gates drinks the stuff hear tell....

mckee's picture

In a recyclable cup

goldfish1's picture

Bill Gates - traitor to the world.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Lulunacrazymon - Latin - "constrictive garmets that make old, tired, flabby asses smash into a semi-respectable form hiding the extra PinkBerry." See also - Wonder bra, Daisy Pukes, and Nike. Use "Lulunacrazymon makes that 50 year old midwestern-longbutt shapely enough to get a first, and if from a distance, second look from the non-viagra set. "

busted by the bailout's picture

As long as Sumatran is still Sumatran, I'm fine with it.

Salon's picture

I prefer the coffee That is shit out of that cat-like creature.

The civet. I believe.