Coffee production may be adversely affected by global warming. Now things are getting serious.
As noted in a report by Reuters,
Climate change has affected Kenyan coffee production through unpredictable rainfall patterns and excessive droughts, making crop management and disease control a nightmare, a researcher said on Thursday.
Coffee grows best within certain specific temperature ranges, and rain patterns are important. As the article explains,
For coffee to flower, for example, it needs a couple of months of dry weather followed by showers. This year, Kenya had rains in January, normally a very dry month when the bushes undergo what is known as stress before they flower.
Because of the unpredictable weather, bushes are flowering when they should not and have coffee berries at different stages of maturity. This means farmers have to hire labor through most of the year to pick very few kilos of coffee.
Global Coffee Climate Change Summit, anyone?