Why has the price of coffee gone up so much?
Sanctions against Russia have disrupted global supply chains and sent the price of various goods soaring.
The increased cost of key items means many cafés have seen their profits plunge and Butler’s Chocolates in Dublin is no exception.
“Every single input in the cup of coffee has increased,” Retail Director of Butler’s Chocolates Michelle McBride told Moncrieff.
“From coffee to chocolate to energy prices - as well documented, up 200, 300%.
“Milk has gone up by 65% into our businesses and for other businesses even higher.
“Logistics costs, delivery costs, packaging, corrugated cardboard is up 60%.
“For us as a business, every single input cost has risen.”
Butler’s have kept the price of a coffee under €4 euro - it is currently €3.90 for a cappuccino - but many outlets now charge well over €5.
“It’s been very challenging,” Ms McBride added.
“Obviously, we are watching the market all the time, we are watching our input costs and we are trying to give the best offer we can to our customers.
“We’re trying to absorb as much as we can in terms of increased costs and we’re accepting that there is margin erosion but at the same time we have to try and run a viable business and simply have to pass some of it on.”
Out on the streets of Dublin, coffee lovers were unimpressed.
“It’s insane,” a tourist from Boston said.
“People need to make their coffee at home and take it in a travel mug.”
One man said he though the price rise would be hardest for young people.
“I feel sorry for young people trying to socialise and get their coffee with a few friends.”
While another man said the price “has gone far too high.”
Main image: Cup of coffee.