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      Coffee crops doing badly, local roasters not worried

      If you're a coffee lover, savor the cups you pour.

      Prices may rise very soon, due to an extreme drought in Brazil and a crop disease known as coffee rust.

      "The coffee rust has not affected me. And there's some question about how much it's going to affect me.Those people harvested their crops two months ago. Their crops were in. We won't see this problem until next year. Right now, it's all speculation," said Theo McCracken, Owner & Roaster, Dead River Coffee.

      Theo McCracken says he buys his coffee beans fresh from a variety of brokers, and usually buys a few months supply at a time.

      He says the drought affecting Brazil's coffee crop, and the coffee rust disease hitting Central American crops, won't affect him at all for that very reason.

      In fact, McCracken says his coffee shop won't feel the affects for at least another year, if at all.

      "Sitting in warehouses is Brazillian coffee. More Brazillian coffee than we need for this year," said McCracken.

      Coffee rust, a coffee bean crop disease, is a fungus that occurs on the leaves of the coffee plant, affecting its growth in Central America.

      And in Brazil, a severe drought has destroyed much of their crop.

      Kevin McMinn owns a home-roaster, and sells or gives his coffee, Superior Roasts, to family and friends.

      He says his roasts will not be affected, either.

      "People come to me and I say, 'you want some coffee?' And so, I just roast some up for them in very, very small amounts, so as far as the coffee prices go, the drought and that, it doesn't really affect me that much because my volumes are so low," said Kevin McMinn, Owner & Roaster, Superior Roasts.

      According to the International Coffee Organization, wholesale coffee prices are up more than 60 percent since January - from $1.25 per pound of bulk arabica beans to $1.85 this week.

      But McCracken still isn't worried.

      "Three years ago the price of coffee hit three dollars a pound, and I raised my prices. Since then, it's dropped, and it's risen, and it's dropped, and it's risen, and I haven't changed my prices," said McCracken.

      Many coffee roasters, like McMinn and McCracken, buy their beans well in advance of roasting.

      So it makes sense that many roasters will not feel the affects of the drought and coffee rust for awhile.

      For now, they're waiting to see just how much coffee Brazil will produce this year, and whether the trees have been so badly damaged that next year's harvest also will be compromised.

      They say this will become clearer when the main harvest gets underway next month.