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Moka Coffee less and less good?

A study conducted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research shows that due to climate change, few varieties of coffee that are not particularly good will be available in the coming years. What to do then?

Drinking a good coffee with our Moka will be more and more difficult in the coming years.

This was reported by a study conducted by an international team of researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Pik), according to which, in the future, we will have fewer and fewer varieties of coffee available.

Furthermore, this coffee will be less good, let’s see why.

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A blow to Ethiopia’s economy

“This would not only affect coffee drinkers worldwide, especially those who grind their own beans or prefer sophisticated blends – it would also have consequences for Ethiopia’s economy.

“If one or more coffee regions lose their specialty status due to climate change this has potentially grave ramifications for the smallholder farmers in the region,” says co-author Christoph Gornott from PIK and the University of Kassel, Germany.

“If they were forced to switch to growing conventional, less palatable and bitter coffee types, they would all of the sudden compete with industrial production systems elsewhere that are more efficient.

For the country, in which coffee exports account for roughly a third of all agricultural exports, this could prove fatal.” 

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Pik)

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Global warming together with large globalized coffee productions are leading to the massive production of poor quality coffee resistant to arid temperatures.

For example, as temperatures rise, the beans ripen faster, worsening the quality of the coffee.

For these reasons, the cultivation of four out of five coffee varieties will decrease, and some are in danger of disappearing.

For example, the famous Yirgacheffe variety, one of the oldest and most sought after in the world, grown in southwestern Ethiopia, could lose over 40% of its crops in the coming years!

The solution is not easy because large-scale production prevents small coffee producers from being competitive.

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“Without strong climate action, the areas suitable for growing coffee could halve in a few decades, pushing production upslope, away from the equator and into conflict with other land uses, such as nature conservation and forestry.

By 2080 wild coffee, an important genetic resource for farmers, could be extinct.”

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

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