I spent 55 cents more on coffee last week, thanks to rising organic milk prices. A double Americano at my favorite coffee house rose to $1.47, with tax, from $1.36.
"Organic milk is expensive," said Blair Thompson of the Washington State Dairy Council. "It's up twice of what regular milk is."
According to dairy council stats, one gallon of organic milk costs an average of $6.57 in the Tacoma-Seattle market, compared with $3.28 for all other milk products sold hereabouts. Non-organic milk prices are down: In 2002, an organic gallon cost $6.42; all other milk cost $3.65. Last year, it was $6.49 organic vs. $3.51 non-organic.
By the way, I still use the same amount of organic or non-organic half-and-half in my double Americano -- about the same amount that comes in those thimbles of creamer at greasy spoons and gas stations. No ghetto lattes here.