With the price of fuel and food rising, the question lingers: will the cost of morning coffee increase too?
Last year, Brazil, the largest producer of coffee beans, experienced a frost and drought that damaged many of its beans.
Alongside shipping delays, this placed a higher demand on sourcing and affected how much quality coffee is available to buy.
With roasters Atomic, Allpress and Supreme sourcing from Brazil and supplying some Wanaka cafes, it is unknown how this might affect local coffee prices.
Liam Tracey, who has worked at two cafes in Wanaka over the past year, thought the situation might not affect Wanaka coffee drinkers directly.
“The price probably won’t change, but the margins for a cafe owner will,” he said.
Local coffee roaster Robert Holt, of See Crow Fly, agreed.
“A lot of the increases will have been absorbed by the various links in the chain along the way, be that growers, importers, roasters or cafes, [but] there comes a point where this is no longer feasible and viable,” he said.
Mr Holt thought the price of coffee for consumers needed to reflect those changes.
“The price for a coffee in a cafe hasn’t had a meaningful increase since I first started as a barista in the mid ’90s, and certainly not in line with overall cost of living increases over that time.”
It is not just production problems that could increase coffee prices cancellation of recent local events and staff shortages could have an influence.
Another Wanaka barista, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they had noticed a change with fewer people “coming through town” now, compared with last year.
They believed that was putting a lot of pressure on cafe owners in terms of getting by financially.
“If it remains as it is, we [the business] won’t be able to survive another winter.”
It is uncertain exactly how all of these external factors will affect the price of coffee.
Mr Holt said the “bottom line is, I think, if one can afford to buy coffee at an increased cost, then please continue to do that, but if one can’t or would rather not, then they should definitely redirect that spend to somewhere more useful for them”.
The current price for a flat white in Wanaka ranges from $5-$6.50.