Coffee prices have risen considerably over the last year, and this trend has not escaped the attention of many coffee drinkers. Many roasters/retailers have been raising prices across the board and it may feel a little like an attempt to squeeze the consumer. However, there are very real cost issues that are directly related to the product at the heart of these businesses: green Arabic coffee. The explanation is almost disappointingly simple: basic green, specialty grade coffee costs almost twice as much today as it did a year ago. This increase in price is a direct result of the nature of coffee as an agricultural product and how it is traded globally.