Small roaster leads way on price hikes as coffee surges, Starbucks resists

By Marcy Nicholson NEW YORK (Reuters) – The biggest arabica coffee rally in two decades is beginning to force smaller-brand roasters to quietly raise wholesale prices, even as top names such as Starbucks Corp resist. Two medium-sized roasters contacted by Reuters said they hoped the dramatic rise in prices, fueled by drought in top grower Brazil, would taper off before they were forced to lift …

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