Coffee shops face shortages of labor, cups, rising coffee prices

With frost in Brazil disrupting coffee bean production, the price of Arabica coffee beans surged by more than 40% in the past year to more than $2 a pound — a level last experienced in 2014.

The price this month retreated to about $1.91 a pound.

But a couple of local coffee shop owners say the climbing bean prices haven’t affected their businesses as much as increases in shipping costs, shortage of packaging materials, lack of workers and scarcity of plastic cups.

Andrew Keim, the owner of Pioneer Collective Coffee in Massillon and Dalton, said the cost to ship coffee

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A Brew-ti-ful Day in the Neighborhood: Exploring Six New Coffee Shops

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PHOTOS BY OLLIE GRATZINGER

One may think that once you have so many coffee shops in a city, opening a new one becomes a little bit like reinventing the wheel. But all around the region, from the bustling Strip District to the North Hills, these newer additions are already carving legacies for themselves in the city’s landscape and proving invaluable to patrons searching for a sip of normalcy.

Some of the coffee shops had grand openings planned at the end of 2019 or early 2020, but when the pandemic hit, they were postponed. Others were the product of

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As coffee prices skyrocket, local coffee shops struggle with financial burden

WASHINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Coffee lovers are in for a rude awakening as coffee prices are on the rise.

“Coffee is, on the world market, it’s the second-largest commodity. It’s traded next to petroleum,” said Yvonne Andresen.

Andresen is the owner of The Blend in Washington. She said she first noticed a spike in prices back in April 2021.

“It soared to a five-year high,” Andresen said.

The hike in prices has plenty of causes. The market is primarily controlled by Brazil, responsible for 30% of global coffee exports. Brazil experienced a severe drought, the “worst dry spell in

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Labor Day food and drink specials: These shops and restaurants are offering deals

CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — Just about every major holiday has one thing in common: Chain restaurants offering freebies and deals to get you into the drive-through or at the counter at some point during the holiday period. Labor Day is one of the biggest, and we’ve put together a handy run-down of what to get and where to find it.

Note: Some deals may not be available at every location of the

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Specialty coffee shops and cafes are opening around downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix has many great options for grabbing a cup of joe, and soon, coffee fans will have four new options to try.

One stylish cafe, open inside the MonOrchid building on Roosevelt Row, features decor inspired by both Tulum, Mexico, and the Scandinavian region of northern Europe.

A Portland, Oregon, transplant has taken up residence on Grand Avenue, and on the other side of Central Avenue, a new Arizona-themed coffee shop is scheduled to open near Margaret T. Hance Park later this summer. 

And fans of crepes rejoice: A local coffee and crepe chain is expanding to a bungalow

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