You may have heard about the possible increase in coffee prices because of the Brazilian drought. In late January, the wholesale price of a pound of Arabica beans was $1.15 and by late February the price had jumped to $1.70. Recently, it hit $2.20 a pound.
Of course, when it comes to coffee, I’m like a Boy Scout: always prepared. I routinely have a few pounds hoarded in my pantry. My current stockpile includes two pounds of Hawaiian Kona blend, a pound and a half of Costa Rican Tarrazu, a pound and a half of “Morning Buzz” French Roast, and a pound of Mexican Altura. Plus three 10-ounce bricks of “Cuban” espresso for use in my Moka pot on Sundays.
The newest threat is to bacon. A virus has killed millions of piglets in 27 states and pork prices are heading up.
I’m not a bacon fan but I’ve noticed it has become somewhat of a darling on menus, especially hamburger restaurants. Hardee’s has the Bacon Thickburger; Burger King has the Bacon Cheeseburger; and Wendy’s offers the Baconator. McDonanld’s offers a number of bacon menu items: Bacon Clubhouse burger and various quarter pounders with bacon, including the Bacon Habanero Ranch version.
I didn’t eat much bacon when I lived in the Philippines. Bacon was something I rarely had for breakfast. A typical Filipino breakfast is garlic fried rice, longanisa (Spanish sausage), and a fried egg.
About the only time I ate bacon was on a bacon, lettuce and tomato (BLT) sandwich, which was my usual lunch on bi-monthly Saturday shopping trips to Sangley, a small U.S. naval station across Manila Bay. Another friend with military base privileges and I would go to the U.S. Embassy, located on Manila Bay, and catch a free launch shuttle for the short trip across the bay to Sangley. (I didn’t think to take photos of the Manila skyline from the water since I wasn’t a “tourist.”)
After arriving at Sangley, we’d head to a base restaurant for lunch and I’d usually have the BLT. After that, it was off to the PX (post exchange) for some tax free shopping for gen-you-wine American jeans, records, etc. (And not just for us, but also close friends who didn’t have military base privileges.)
These days, I still don’t eat much bacon. I can’t recall the last time I had a BLT. I’m not a fan of bacon on a burger (or a pizza). About the only time I eat bacon is when we’re having breakfast at a “sit down” restaurant, such as Denny’s and I order some version of a “Slam.”
Even now, I do not buy bacon. For one thing, cooking it creates a greasy mess. (I tried cooking it in a microwave but that doesn’t produce the same “crisp” result as frying and I don’t like my bacon “soggy” as the British do.) I prefer sausage links anyway.
So if bacon prices have increased, I’ve not noticed. But if you’re a bacon fan, you might want to start stockpiling it. And coffee…