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    Sumatran volcano erupts after 400 years

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    Also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinabung

    This could mean
    (a) nothing, as the eruption turns out to be a fizzer, wont affect any human habitations or coffee plantations.
    (b) Minimal disruption and perhaps a temporary decrease in Sumatran beans. The Lintong area is about 100k southeast of the volcano.
    (c) A longer term disruption perhaps similar to that of the Iceland volcano
    (d) Worst case:
    About 70,000 years ago on Sumatra, a supervolcano at Toba erupted, creating a mega-colossal event that is thought to have produced a decade-long global winter and to have reduced the worlds population to just 10,000.
    Sinabung volcano is about 50k northwest of Lake Toba. Also, according to Google, Starbucks sources a lot of its beans from Lake Toba plantations.

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    Re: Sumatran volcano erupts after 400 years

    Quote Originally Posted by 29233621212E3A3C4F0 link=1283122111/0#0 date=1283122111
    Sinabung volcano is about 50k northwest of Lake Toba. Also, according to Google, Starbucks sources a lot of its beans from Lake Toba plantations.
    So are we worrying about Starbucks

    OR

    Quote Originally Posted by 29233621212E3A3C4F0 link=1283122111/0#0 date=1283122111
    a decade-long global winter
    Time to stockpile good beans and some fire wood ;)

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    Re: Sumatran volcano erupts after 400 years

    Better setup a volcano tax

    Thatll reduce the carbon output ;D

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    Re: Sumatran volcano erupts after 400 years

    I know its bad but my first thought was how will this affect our coffee supplies. Rain can end up been destrutive if it mixes with volcanic gases and produces acid rain that may then damage plants, this happened in costa rica 15km downwind of a volcanic eruption. Gas can continue venting as well long after the ash has disapated.

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    Re: Sumatran volcano erupts after 400 years

    Quote Originally Posted by 41425D5D5E57320 link=1283122111/3#3 date=1283131994
    I know its bad but my first thought was how will this affect our coffee supplies. Rain can end up been destrutive if it mixes with volcanic gases and produces acid rain that may then damage plants, this happened in costa rica 15km downwind of a volcanic eruption. Gas can continue venting as well long after the ash has disapated.
    If there is nothing left of the island and many around... Thus back to some sea water and maybe a few new very HOT islands... Could be awhile before any thing can survive.

    PS. Coffee will be teh last of our concerns.

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    Re: Sumatran volcano erupts after 400 years

    And there has also recently been an eruption from the Colombian Galeras volcano. Which I imagine could possibly have an affect on the Colombian Volcan Galeras Supremo beans?

    With the volcanic activity and talk about Ethiopian farmers switching from coffee growing. Should we coffee types be nervous about future supplies [smiley=sad.gif]

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    Re: Sumatran volcano erupts after 400 years

    Remember that some of the best coffee in the world grows in volcanic soils and these are usually young soils.

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    Re: Sumatran volcano erupts after 400 years

    Yeah, Ive being toying with crushing up some pumice and sprinkling it around my coffee trees as a marketing gimmick.

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    Re: Sumatran volcano erupts after 400 years

    When Mt Pinotubo in Phillipines erupted in 1992, It cooled temps around the world. What did it mean for us? The farmers in the temperate regions who grow wheat and sheep had higher average rainfall here because of the slight fall in world median temps. It also resulted in less rain in the tropics.
    Speaking on behalf of WA anyway, we,re experiencing one of if not the worst drought on record for southern farmers because of global warming. I dont know, perhaps if the Sumatran volcano really blows it,s top, then it could turn the tables in two years time. I say 2 years because it takes time for sea temperatures to follow suit after ambient temps.

    2 People have died due to breathing complications there.
    Dont think i,ve seen Starbucks here, so it wont be much of a loss.

    Gary



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