27 Jun '11, 6am

IM$avvy Info Hub: Battling the pricey caffeine buzz #investment #coffee

STATISTICS from the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) show that coffee consumption has increased steadily year on year, and the ICO Composite coffee price has risen more than 128 per cent between 2000 and 2010. As international retailers such as Starbucks and local coffee chains have raised prices in the past year, coffee drinkers may possibly find their daily caffeine buzz a tad too bitter to swallow, and could turn to trading coffee futures as a way to narrow the gaping hole in their pockets. The two main categories of coffee are the Arabica and the Robusta species. The finer grade Arabica coffee is largely produced in Brazil and Latin America and its futures contracts are traded on the New York ICE-NYBOT Exchange. Robusta coffee is more commonly used in instant coffee and is produced widely in Vietnam and Indonesia. Its futures contracts are traded on the NYSE-Lif...

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