Researchers have found that, due to climate change, Arabica coffee is going extinct in the wild, to completely die out by 2080. I am less than amused. You have not seen me without my coffee, and it is something you would not like to see. Yes, I understand that my response to not having coffee is symptomatic of addiction withdrawal, and I will effing kill you.
Rising tides and global warming could render well over 99% of Arabica coffee bean growing regions unusable by 2080, reports the UPI. While we have our greenhouses growing this stuff in factories, what the bean plants out in the wild do is have strains that evolve to resist pests and disease, and they do so way better than our less-than-natural plants.
And they’ve got to taste better than Starbucks.
Over the last fifty years, farmers have been moving their crops higher and higher to handle rising temperatures. Soon, however, they may hit the ceiling and there will simply be nowhere for the crops to go.
While there are other beans that can handle different temperatures, the overwhelming majority of beans that are in our grocery stores, our coffee pots and yes, in our Starbucks, is the Arabica strain. Losing that would mean having to completely rework how we get our coffee.
And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to deal with that. I want my coffee. I desire it. I require it. I am an addict, and I will take none of your sass. No, I won’t go to a meeting.
Question: So, how’s coffee work in your daily life?