KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, get ready to pay more for your cup of joe.
A fungus that's spoiling crops in Latin America is slowly dripping into coffee cups around Kansas City.
A leaf fungus is killing coffee crops around countries like Guatemala and El Salvador where local roasters travel to get their coffee.
Jon Cates, co-owner of Broadway Roasting Company in Kansas City said he thinks the amount of coffee per bag could go up by a dollar.
"We really want people to continue drinking coffee," Cates said. "So you never want to use a cheaper coffee to save money."
Coffee suppliers are now paying up to 75 cents more per pound of raw coffee.
Cates however is willing to pay more for a higher quality of coffee, while other suppliers may have to downgrade to keep their prices from going up.
The USAID plans to invest $5 million to find research at Texas A&M University in Texas to combat the fungus that's left more than 500,000 jobs in Latin America in jeopardy.