As if mornings weren’t tough enough as they are, global warming is threatening to make them worse. In a warmer world roughly 60% of all wild coffee species are at risk of extinction. If you have been following our twitter or instagram accounts this is hardly news, but figured we would follow up with the story.
Before you down another cup of coffee and get all up in arms about this, lets that the report is talking about wild coffee, so this doesn’t necessarily mean that 60% of all coffee will disappear, it just means that the wild stock of the coffee “gene pool” will be seriously depleted. This does present significant problems for the industry as a whole. Coffee, not unlike wine grapes, are grown under circumstances that are fairly specific. Coffee needs good mountain slopes, with the right temperature the right amount of shade, et cetera. As the climate changes and current coffee habitats become less friendly to growth of the bean then wild coffee plants will be needed to populate new areas, combat new diseases.
So, while at first read maybe some of us were ok with shrugging our shoulders and letting wild coffees die out, the overall effect is that coffee in general will suffer. Various experts have agreed that coffee is in serious jeopardy and up to 50% of the land currently used to grown coffee will not be farmable by 2100.
A recent article in Forbes goes in to further depth on the effects on the economy and our mornings, Most Coffee Species At Risk Of Extinction Due To Climate Change.