TAG: Arabica plant

Has Our Perk Peaked?

Threats to coffee production

As continually displayed with events like last year’s super-storm Sandy, environmental turmoil is getting personal, or at least more overtly so. Major disasters lay in the wake of climate change, but some are less obnoxious, instead tearing passively at the tethers of society and threatening what has become a staple to a majority of the population’s daily life. I am referring, of course, to coffee. Whether it is freshly dripped grounds from the tin in our kitchen, the incessant sipping from dainty cups outside the local cafes or a robust mug of Joe to compliment a late night in a… read more

Coffee Extinction

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A new study released by scientists at the U.K. Royal Botanic Gardens has concluded that wild¬†Arabica coffee plants are at serious risk of going extinct within this century due to climate change.¬†Two main types of analysis were performed: a locality analysis and an area analysis. In the locality analysis the most favorable outcome is a c. 65% reduction in the number of pre-existing bio climatically suitable localities, and at the worst, an almost 100% (99.7%) reduction, by 2080. In the area analysis the most favorable outcome is a 38% reduction, and the least favorable a c. 90% reduction, by 2080…. read more