Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Social Issues

Coffee Prices Set to Rise

See also

The U.S government is stepping in to make sure coffee remains affordable. Right now, a fungus called coffee rust is causing $1 billion in crop damage to Arabica coffee beans in Latin America. The fungus could cause popular specialty coffees in America to skyrocket.

The rust, called roya in Spanish, is a fungus that is highly contagious due to airborne fungal spores. It affects different varieties but the Arabica beans are especially susceptible. Rainy weather worsens the problem.

Coffee that is mass produced in the United States comes from Asia. The more expensive coffee are from Central America and farmers there often don't have enough money to buy the fungicides needed.

USAID intends to work with Texas A&M to step up research on rust resistant coffee varieties and help Latin America better monitor and respond to the fungus. Companies are trying to ensure that their future supply isn't affected, so they are working closely with growers on better practices that will help avoid contamination.



  • Johnny Manziel
    Should Johnny Manziel apologize for his hard partying over the offseason?
    Today's Buzz
  • Crop circles
    Similar crop circles appeared in Germany and England within days of each other
    19 Photos
  • Advanced placement
    The AP program is gaining traction as a key component in college admissions
    5 Photos
  • Beach hats
    Beat the heat with the best summer beach hats for women
    Beach Hats
  • Expectations for ministry
    Pastor preaches to newly ordained ministers about expectations for ministry
    6 Photos
  • Medical symptoms
    See which symptoms should cause you to seek a doctor’s attention right away
    6 Photos