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Mon Apr 28, 2014, 08:21 AM

Climate change and the price of coffee




LONDON, 26 April – In recent days Arabica coffee beans – by far the most popular variety of coffee – have been fetching around US$2 a pound on the world market. That’s nearly double the price of a year ago.

Several factors seem to be driving the market upwards: in Central America, a significant production area, an outbreak of a disease called leaf rust – believed to be linked to changes in climate – has severely damaged the crop.

A prolonged period of drought and some unseasonably cold weather in Vietnam – now the world’s second biggest coffee-producer – has cut back crop forecasts for robusta beans, mainly used for instant coffee. A lack of rain has also hit coffee-producing areas in East Africa.

But it’s climate-related events in Brazil, the world’s biggest coffee grower – responsible for about 40% of global production – which seem to be causing the most froth amongst international market traders. .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/2014/04/coffee-is-on-a-high/



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Mon Apr 28, 2014, 08:27 AM

1. So many other things better to drink than coffee.

 

Roasted Barley Tea or Chicory, for instance.

Coffee greatly stresses the adrenals/kidneys and dehydrates.

Off on a tangent, I've found the whole "vaping and nicotine are evil" campaign to be sort of ironic when one considers how prevalent caffeine is.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 28, 2014, 08:29 AM

2. Sorry, but I love my java.

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Response to marmar (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 28, 2014, 08:40 AM

3. I know, even the smell is wonderful.

 

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