Arabica coffee under threat from climate change: Report
Saturday March 7 2015
Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. Studies show that climate change is likely to impact on the yields and taste of coffee beans in future decades. PHOTO | FILE
Report predicts that unless addressed, “The most favourable outcome would be a 65 per cent reduction in the number of bioclimatically suitable localities, and at worst an almost 100 per cent reduction by the year 2080.”
Even if the beans do not disappear completely from the wild, climate change is highly likely to impact on yields and the taste of coffee beans in future decades, they added.
Coffee is the world’s favourite beverage and the second-most traded commodity after oil.