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Why your latte costs nearly $5, despite plummeting coffee-bean prices

The price of a pound of coffee beans may be dropping fast, but that doesn’t mean consumers will get a break on the cost of their morning brew.

A pound of wholesale arabica coffee beans, the type of bean used by big coffee chains including Starbucks SBUX, -0.70% has been selling for under $1 since March, the lowest price point in more than a decade. One pound of ground coffee will make about 48 cups.

While wholesale coffee prices have been dropping, coffee prices for consumers have actually been going up.

But experts say consumers will still be paying the same price for a cup of coffee or latte in stores and cafes.

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