Now, the US imports about nineteen million 60 kilo bags every year which when you put the old calculator to work, gives you 2,508,000,000 pounds a year. The US consumes about 7.9 pounds of coffee per person per year. At a 300,000,000 population you get 2,370,000,000 pounds a year. So my friends, it looks like a statistical dead heat between imports and consumption.
Now, I am not going to do the same for tea, but as not too many of us run tea plantations, I am going to assume that the numbers are similar.
Now, SHTF. If
- the bad juju that is happening at the banks, and
- either one of the two morons running for president are elected, and
- our legislative branch performs its usual feat of managing to get itself re-elected without having managed to improve anything anywhere.
I am torn about how to approach this. Do I carpe diem and drink all the coffee that I want and if the bust occurs go off cold turkey? Do I start ramping back now, knowing that cold turkey usually does suck? Do I start storing coffee in with the rest of my preps....hell who knows, it might turm out to be good trade goods.