Coffee Supply Crisis in Our Future?

To understand the most pressing problems — which appear to be exacerbated by rising temperatures, erratic rainfall patterns and other effects of climate change — the nonprofit World Coffee Research (WCR) commissioned the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, by its French acronym) to classify global growing areas by climate condition, dividing regions into what is known in climate modeling as pixels. (Think of them as microlots, but for climates.) The pixels were grouped by common climate profiles, resulting in five agro-ecological zones: hot-wet, hot-dry, constant, cool-variable and cool-dry.

These zones are intended to help researchers focus on the different areas in which coffee currently grows, providing a more accurate forecast of where it might not grow in the future. Predicting how each zone would behave in response to 19 distinct climate-model projections shows that land suitable for coffee growing could drop by a staggering 50 percent over the next three decades.

via Daily Coffee News, full article here.

 

Low Coffee Prices Hurting Peru’s Organic Farmers

Nick Brown from Daily Coffee News reports:

A world leader in high-quality organic Arabica coffee production, Peru has struggled to rebound from the leaf rust outbreak that peaked there in 2014, affecting nearly half the country’s coffee farms.

A fundamental part of this struggle has been the fact that as coffee production costs have risen, country-wide export prices have declined for four straight years, from approximately $1.82 per pound ($4.03 per kilo) in calendar year 2014 to $1.31 per pound in 2017, according to the latest annual report on the Peruvian coffee sector from the USDA’s Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN).

Full article here.

Honey and Natural Processed Coffee Curing

CoffeeCon LA 2018

CoffeeCon 2018 Los Angeles kicked off for two days on February 3, 2018. The Consumer Coffee Festival is held in Seattle, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. With a varied schedule of educational events & a host of local coffee vendors, it’s always pleasing to the coffee lover.

For home roasters, there were green coffee sellers, and Behmor representing home roasters. Everything from kitchen espresso to hosting a private cupping were covered. There was even a coffee martini class! Exciting prizes also awaited lucky winners.

 

CoffeeCon Schedule LA 2018

Here are a few photo highlights: Read more

Links: 10/20/2017

Here’s a few links for your weekend reading pleasure:

$55 for a cup of this extraordinary coffee

An AeroPress Movie is coming

Best of the 2017 New York Coffee Festival

World Coffee Tea Expo, Mumbai, Indi November 16-18

Coffee and Tea Festival, Dubai, UAE December

 Peruvian skeletons show ritual violence  (self loading video)

Mummies found in the Andes look as if they died yesterday

Next the Coffee Cherries are Processed to remove the Fruit

Links: 9/1/2017

Happy Labor day weekend to all! Here’s some reading tidbits. Enjoy, and be safe out there!

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Make Cold Brew at Home

Coffee & Chocolate Exhibition 12/3-12/6/17 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

If you’re over 45, drinking coffee reduces mortality (self starting video)

Micro Coffee Festival Brazil September 27-28 Franca, Brazil

Coffee, an American tale

California Initiative would legalize psychedelic mushrooms  (In Amsterdam, it already is, and has been for years.)

Coffee Fest Portland, OR October 13-15

Peru’s Coffee production showing increase through 2017

 

Links: 6/25/15

Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday June 25, 2017. Here’s a few links for your perusal:

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Peru shoots for $1 billion in coffee exports next year

Why birds hit windows and what you can do to prevent it

Average Coffee prices decline in May

Roasting level alters the nutritional benefits of coffee

Rural roasters can learn to roast coffee online

The French Press: A history and brewing guide

Black bear maulings in Alaska really odd

Rare blue bioluminescent plankton (cool!)

Amazing underwater photographs show Antarctic beauty

Crown Jellyfish (Photo: National Geographic)

Links: 6/7/17

It’s getting warm here in northwest Arizona, which is typical this time of year. Often, we’re stuck inside as the sun is too hot to hang outside for very long. Time for a nice cold brew!

Meanwhile, here’s something for your summertime sipping pleasure:

National Parks have never been more popular

 This is how Google will collapse

An International trainers’ advice for learning coffee

A breakthrough for solar power in Arizona

Girl stuns Americas Got Talent judges with her mind boggling singing ventriloquism

Italy is giving away over 100 castles for free

Small towns saved by legal marijuana (but what happens when it’s legal everywhere?)

New study says that coffee is good for your liver

Maturing Coffee beans