Due to a triple whammy of market pressures affecting the price of green coffee beans we were faced with a choice; raise prices, compromise quality, or go out of business. We pride ourselves in providing you with the highest quality product available and therefore our only option was to raise our prices, which we did about a month ago. So far so good, prices seem to be stabilizing somewhat. Coffee is a commodity and therefore affected by the stability of the stock market, it is also an agricultural product and worldwide weather catastrophes of the past year have all been in coffee/tea growing areas as well as the rising price of fuel that affects everything particularly food products with the weightiness of coffee. These three factors combined to create a 45% increase in the price of raw beans in the last 6 months. Needless to say, we did not raise our prices by 45%, so we continue to experience the squeeze along with all of you, on our pocket books. We hope, however, that you have come to appreciate the value of the product we offer and will continue to support us through these turbulent times. In order to offset the price increase, we have lowered the dollar amount required to qualify for free shipping to $25. So, don't delay order today and take advantage of FREE shipping while it is available. Thanx a latte for your continued understanding & support ! The Hallowed Grounds Coffee Roasterie family.