PORTLAND,OREGON Take a good look at your grocery bill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says we should expect to pay about 4 Percent more this year for food. That’s the biggest increase in three years. Part of the increase is due to the drought in California and bad weather in other farm states.
Hamburger prices have risen nearly 40 cents per pound. Other cuts of meat are on the rise too. Milk, bread, cereal, fruits and vegetables will all be more expensive.
Arabica coffee beans, (always the most expensive coffee bean because they grow in high elevations and are hand picked) have increased in price by about 80 percent. You’ll notice the increase in cost at the check stand but you could soon see it at independent coffee stores like Starbucks and wherever you get your favorite cup of Joe.