In the hills of Burundi, farmers tend their coffee crop. Their livelihoods depend on a good harvest.
Coffee in the small central African nation is more than just a hot drink; it's a valuable commodity that props up Burundi's agrarian-based economy.
The world of Starbucks baristas and double macchiatos are an alien concept to coffee growers in one of Africa's poorest nations, where 55% of the population earns their livelihood from Arabica beans.
Chantal Ka-Hor-Rury, a coffee trader and head of a collective that helps farmers bring their crop to market, is committed to helping Burundi expand its coffee industry.
Read – Burundi's coffee culture 'the difference between food and hunger'
Cold brew coffee is hardly a new innovation and neither are pre-packaged options. Canned and bottled coffee just makes sense for convenience's sake. Shelves are increasingly stocked with java-based beverages including sweet, flavored Frappuccinos, no-nonsense Italian espressos and the wealth of Japanese canned coffees that have been distributed since the 1960s.
Now bottled cold brew coffee, made by a longer and more expensive process, is taking off.
What's in the coffee in Canada? Apparently something that's making a few folks pretty generous.
At least six times this week, customers at Tim Hortons restaurants have paid for their own cups of coffee and cups of brew for the next 500 or more people in line, according to media reports.
The first 500 free javas were gifts of an anonymous donor at a Tim Hortons in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, CTV reported. A man in his 20s bought a double-double and a doughnut and told the clerk to put the next 500 large coffees on his debit card, according to the report.
Your Starbucks latte is going to cost you a little bit more next week. The coffee chain on Tuesday is set to raise prices on some of the drinks it sells in its U.S. stores by an average of 1%.
The price hike will affect beverages including Starbucks' brewed coffee, tea, latte and espresso drinks, said spokesman Jim Olson. While drink prices vary from city to city, Olson said that customers in some markets could pay about 10 cents more for a tall brewed coffee.
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