The end of coffee

Sep 19, 2016 | written by:

However it's black and hot, warm or cold macchiato, large, strong or shaken, starting the day with a good coffee is for many people a daily ritual to celebrate one or more times a day, at the bar, at home or in the office, alone or in good company.

It's really hard to imagine a world without coffee, but if you do not adequately fight climate change and the resulting global warming, the end of this drink is not so far away and we may, therefore, have to say goodbye to the usual cup of espresso. This was revealed by a recent report of the Australian Climate Institute (an independent research organization that works with communities, businesses and governments to drive innovative and effective solutions to climate change) entitled 'A Brewing Storm: The climate change risks to coffee'.

Without strong action to reduce emissions, climate change is expected to reduce the total area suitable for the production of coffee as much as 50 percent by 2050, causing higher prices and lower product quality. Less flavor, less taste, but more money spent. Rising temperatures and extreme weather conditions (excessive rain or drought) could indeed have very negative consequences on fertility and good growth of the beloved beans and there are many countries that are accusing the first hard blows in the production. Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Tanzania are just a few examples.

Coffee is not just a pleasant habit for many people (over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day), but it is also a global industry by 19 billion dollars and the source of livelihood for 120 million people in 70 developing countries, most of them smallholders with little capacity to adapt to climate change that make a living thanks to the industry of coffee.

 

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