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Thread: Coffee under threat: Will it taste worse as the planet warms?

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    Coffee under threat: Will it taste worse as the planet warms?

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    Coffee drinkers could face poorer-tasting, higher-priced brews, as a warming climate causes the amount of land suitable for coffee production to shrink, say scientists from Londonís Kew Gardens.

    Coffee production in Ethiopia, the birthplace of the high quality Arabica coffee bean and Africaís largest exporter, could be in serious jeopardy over the next century unless action is taken, according to a report, published today.

    ďIn Ethiopia and all over the world really, if we do nothing there will be less coffee, it will probably taste worse and will cost more,Ē Dr Aaron Davis, coffee researcher at Kew and one of the reportís authors, told the BBC.
    Full article here: Coffee under threat - BBC News


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    Dire news indeed....

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    Other growing areas will open up. Maybe they will be in more stable countries so we can grow yemen quality coffee in.melbourne. that would be a plus
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    Though labour costs are much higher in the countries likely to open up, won't help price!

    Then again, we have a pretty good record of screwing our primary producers here... 🤔

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    The other issue - I am unaware of any coffee bean which has maintained all of its regional attributes when transported elsewhere.

    I guess the good news is that some new flavours will appear, however some old favourites may well disappear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    Other growing areas will open up.
    Yep, I'm going to place an advanced order for some Macquarie Island SHB but wondering the Heard Id bourbon might be the go cos of the volcanic soil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TampIt View Post
    The other issue - I am unaware of any coffee bean which has maintained all of its regional attributes when transported elsewhere.
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    Thats because the climate is different in the new location. When melbourne has the same climate as yemen it is a simple matter of transporting all of the soil from yemen to melbourne and piling it up to the right altitude. Plant your trees and away you go.
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    The smart operators are already starting to consider the impacts of global warming and what they can do to combat this. This is something we'll be hearing lots about in the future.



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