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We've come across this illuminating BBC article, which makes some very interesting (albeit slightly worrying, particularly for coffee business owners like ourselves) points about potential changes in the coffee trade in the years to come.
The article comes off the back of some interesting research published by Kew Gardens scientists that, in short, emphasises the importance of our trying to understand the implications of our ever-changing environment in the face of climate change – think rising temperatures, decreasing rainfall and the like – and how this impacts coffee production.
The research suggests that coffee production in Ethiopia (which, as all coffee boffins will know, is Africa's largest exporter, and home to some of the finest Arabica coffee beans in the biz) could be in serious jeopardy over the course of the next century. It's pertinent, then, that preventative measures are set into place now.
Above are some interesting snippets of data that we've pulled from the article, focusing on climate change and the increase in global coffee consumption. We'd wholly recommend taking the time to read the full article if you're also in the coffee business. Let us know your thoughts. What can we do to help?
The UK T&C team
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