By Paul Homewood
h/t Joe Public
Back in 2015, the Telegraph told us that global warming was going to kill off coffee harvests:
Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew have begun a desperate bid to find a new bean of coffee which can thrive as the climate warms, before the world’s supplies run out.
Currently, just one variety of coffee bean – Coffea arabica – is primarily grown throughout the world by manufacturers. But it cannot survive at high temperatures, and botanists fear that up to 100 per cent of current crops will be lost by 2080 if climate change predictions for global warming hold true.
Apparently what they really meant was that coffee production would increase!
In 2019, a latte – foam art and all – costs the average US coffee drinker around $5 (£4). So why are the farmers who grew the beans behind your morning brew abandoning their plantations for different crops, different jobs, or even to seek asylum in a different country?
The world’s coffee industry is in crisis. This May, coffee prices fell to their lowest point in over a decade at $0.88 (£0.70) per pound.
The dip is largely due to two years of surplus from Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer, which has had a serious impact on growers around the world by pushing millions of kilograms of beans onto the market.
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July 16, 2019 at 04:36AM