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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.

 

Tbt: Old Peru

It’s a busy week, family here today plus the normal madness. Our indoor tomato plants are growing towards the ceiling! If I can, I’ll post a picture later.

Here’s a look back to the little Plaza of the Inquisition:

La Plazuela de La Inquisicíon

 

 

Machu Picchu Monday

Monday, today is the official celebration of Veteran’s Day which was yesterday November 11th. On the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour, the “War to End All Wars” ended. We should never forget those both civilian and military who sacrificed so much only to see the world plunged into war a mere 20 years later.

Veteran’s Day Parade, Yucca AZ

The world is a very different place from my youth. Read more

Tbt: Old Peru

Thursday, and a beautiful week it’s been in northwest Arizona. Lots of sun, and pleasant temperatures. We’re loving it…

Here’s a look back. Many of Lima’s finest colonial homes have disappeared, replaced by sterile apartment buildings. A few of the old gems still remain. Many are now embassies & commercial offices. (via Cardcow)

Gothic Pavillion

Machu Picchu Monday

It was a splendid Monday, lots of things done, and the weather was perfect.

It’s a busy time, as coffee roasters everywhere gear up for the all important holiday season. Btw, coffee makes a great gift. We’ll be sending out some pre-Thanksgiving specials tomorrow. Check your email!

Here’s your Machu Picchu moment:

Amazing stone structures everywhere. Machu Picchu, Peru

Tbt: Old Peru

It’s Thursday, my how the week goes by when you stay busy. I guess it’s better to be productive than idle though. Have a great weekend…

Here’s a classic postcard of small ships in the harbor at Callao. Today, Callao is a large modern port that has contributed to Peru’s economic growth. (Via Cardcow)

Small ships, Callao, Peru

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Tbt: Old Peru

Hope you’ve had a good week. We shot up to Las Vegas today to deliver coffee, and have lunch with my parents. It was fun, and we had surprisingly good luck with the traffic.

Rather than take the new I-11 bypass, we go through Boulder City the “old way.” Now with less traffic, it’s much more pleasant, and even faster than the bypass.

Here’s a postcard from Lima – 1906

Machu Picchu Monday

Monday (it sure is.) Have a good week, be sure to give someone a big hug.

Spotted on the train to Machu Picchu