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CLIMATE CHANGE COULD AFFECT YOUR COFFEE

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Environment modification can influence coffee production.

As temperature levels increase, droughts increase, and pests invade, meaning your cup of coffee could be affected.

According to Climate Central, Arabica beans represent about two-thirds of global coffee production but are restricted to certain subtropical climates. They’re a popular option for a local coffeehouse, consisting of Metto Coffee & Tea in Mount Pleasant.

” A lot of our beans are only west coast. We are the only ones out here that have west coast Latin America beans,” stated Kailey O’Brien, a shift manager for Metto Coffee & Tea, “That is why some of our customers claim that our coffee is so good is because it’s not from around here in any way.”

According to an International Center for Tropical Agriculture report, reducing emissions would decrease the loss of land where coffee is grown. No change in emissions levels would lead to a 58 percent loss of property for Arabica beans by the year 2050, while immediate action to decrease emissions would cut the land loss to 48 percent.
Currently, the local coffeehouse has not been too influenced by climate change, but later on, this could begin to impact businesses.

” I know it could be affecting the taste of our coffee, and maybe it would be a difficulty of the future if our coffee changes, where we strive on consistency. I seem like, maybe, people would quit coming, or maybe we would lose clients,” said O’Brien.
It’s not just climate impacts with the beans that could alter a cup of coffee. Even an increase in rainfall could disrupt a barista’s mission for perfection.

” When it rains, the pressure accumulates, and we can’t pour our shots as normally as we like,” added O’Brien. “You wouldn’t think it’s so tedious, but it is. One little tamp being too hard can shake off the whole taste of the shot. So, with the rain pouring up and pressuring like that, it can completely change the preference of us.”

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