Why have coffee prices

Why have coffee prices dropped dramatically — 82% in 4 years — while lattes remain just as expensive? (Link via Atlanticblog) Vietnam entered the coffee trade and Brazil upped production Coffee production decisions lag behind price changes because the coffee tree is on a 2+ year cycle While the number of specialty coffee shops has grown from about 450 in 1991 to more than 10,000 today, total coffee consumption in the U.S. has actually fallen slightly Demand for coffee is relatively inelastic (a 10% price increase reduces consumption by about 2%) Actual coffee is a very small component of the cost of a latte (roughly 10 cents on a $2 cup)

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More USAirways bonuses5,000

More USAirways bonuses 5,000 bonus miles for a transcon trip 2,500 bonus miles for AAA members on your next flight Triple AmEx Membership Rewards points for USAirways shuttle tickets Triple miles on the Shuttle 1,000 bonus miles for gay pride (with any flight) Double miles to/from Phoenix Up to 30,000 bonus miles to/from Europe Triple miles on USAirways purchases with your Dividend Miles Visa

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Accelerate elite status on USAirways.

Accelerate elite status on USAirways. Elite status means bonus miles, free first class, priority check-in, priority boarding, priority waitlist, etc. etc. It usually takes 25k, 50k, or 100k to achieve the three levels of status that USAirways offers. However, you can register for fast track status: Silver status with 6,000 miles by December 15 Gold status with 10,000 miles by December 15 Chairman’s Preferred status with 20,000 miles by December 15

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A dangerous trend. With the

A dangerous trend. With the airline industry poised to lose $7 billion dollars this year, their spending to lobby the government is increasing. The industry spent $27 million on lobbying during the first 8 months of 2002, up from $20 million in the 18 months.

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