We don’t want to panic you too much, but coffee prices in the UAE could rise by up to 20% due to global shortages.
The average cost of the Arabica bean has nearly doubled this year to $1.80 per kilo. Not only that, but coffee producers have had to battle rising shipping costs.
Which all means they’re going to pass those higher costs onto us, the coffee addicts in the UAE.
“It is inevitable we are going to see an increase from 10 per cent to 20 per cent for the end consumer in the next six months,” Alan Hardman, sales and marketing director for Dubai company Coffee Planet told The National.
And considering his company roasts the equivalent of 25 million cups of coffee a month, he’s a man in the know. The bad news doesn’t end there, however.
“I also think that increase will stick around for the next couple of years at least. There are also concerns the price could go up as high as $4 per pound next year, which will, unfortunately, be passed on to the consumer.”
The Arabica bean is used for around 60% of all coffee in the world. And it makes great specialist brews. But with the global shortage driving costs up, some producers are looking to try other beans including the Robusta. It’s much cheaper and used in instant coffee, but it also has a more bitter taste.
So we could be faced with some hard coffee choices in the UAE. Pay more for a proper coffee or go cheaper and with a bitter aftertaste?
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