COFFEE lovers may soon be paying more for their favourite pick-me-up after production costs rose to a seven-year high.
Bad weather has hit supplies from Brazil, the world’s largest producer.
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And anti-government protests in Colombia have disrupted shipments, bringing exports to a 40-year low.
A shortage of shipping containers in South East Asia is another headache.
Carlos Mera, commodities market researcher at Rabobank, told The Grocer trade magazine: “There have been challenges almost everywhere.
“Colombian exports have recovered since the protests but there’s a lot of coffee still to be shipped.
“At some point you have to pass higher costs on to the consumer.”
Supermarket prices are most likely to increase, experts predict.
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But because coffee accounts for only four per cent of the cost of the average £3 takeaway cup, the effect at chains such as Costa Coffee is likely to be minimal.