Climate Change and Coffee: What Will We Be Drinking in Thirty Years?
Kim Elena Ionescu | Chief Sustainability Officer, Specialty Coffee Association
Are you a coffee drinker? If so, you're in good company – coffee is the most popular beverage (besides water) in the United States. And while it's easier than ever for coffee lovers to find a good cup of coffee in unlikely places (think: airports), coffee farming is becoming increasingly difficult: chronically low market prices in coffee-producing countries, the rising cost of farming inputs like fertilizer, and labor scarcity are all taking a toll on growers worldwide and prompting many farmers to leave coffee altogether. Certifications (like fair trade), producing-country institutions, and popular press articles have succeeded in raising some awareness of these threats to coffee's future, but our focus on immediate economic needs risks may lead us to underestimate the role of climate change as a contributing factor to the obvious instability, as well as a complicating factor to any solutions that fail to consider its current and potential impacts.
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