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Trouble is brewing for coffee lovers as prices rise

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Coffee prices are on the rise

Coffee prices are on the rise

Coffee prices are on the rise

The morning cup of coffee on the way to work, the coffee break at 11am, the lunchtime pick-me-up, the afternoon ‘get me to the end of the day’ and the one more to get home.

You can tell just how popular it is by the sheer number of coffee shops that line the high streets in our towns and cities.

For so many people the day is defined by the kick start of a shot of caffeine. And while before it may have seemed like small change, the rising prices will have a few thinking if they can get by with one or two less.

A simple Americano can now cost £3 and it’s starting to leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

It’s not great news for cafés, who are trying to survive the rise in wholesale prices. They simply can’t operate by selling coffee for less than it’s worth.

You wonder how far prices will have to rise before someone finally wakes up and smells the coffee — and does something to provide the businesses themselves with the fuel to keep afloat.

There’ll be more than a few cranky people around if they don’t, and a few more empty holes in our high streets.

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