Taste for coffee remains strong

Price inflation having no effect on Irish demand as import figures continue to rise, writes Siobhán Brett.

6th October, 2012
Taste for coffee remains strong
David McKernan, chief executive of Dublin-based coffee roasting company Java Republic. Photo: Thinkstock

Although per capita coffee consumption has been hit by recession and inflation in parts of mainland Europe, the Irish coffee-drinker is seeing to it that demand here remains robust.

As monetary easing by central banks drives investors into hard assets, pushing up the prices of commodities in general, consumer demand is showing no sign of abating - and retailers are responding.

The price of green (unroasted) coffee has risen by nearly 30 per cent in...

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