Americana: Follow That Bean

Since the price of coffee began percolating out of control ($1.25 to $4-plus per retail pound in 22 months) some of the nation's favorite brew has become really hot. According to an FBI spokesman, "hijackers like to keep up with the times; our biggest headache now is coffee." The FBI knows of 15 hijackings, in which the total take was $1,728,000 worth of beans. All this black (or, if you prefer, cream and sugar) market activity occurred in the Port of New York, which handles nearly half the 2.6 billion pounds of beans the U.S. imports each year. The local FBI...

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