Stockpile. Stockpile now. Apparently, everyone loves coffee too much so there might be a drought on the horizon …
In horrendous news of the week, your sleepy Monday mornings may be about to get a whole lot worse.
Because we may well be facing a global coffee shortage. Sorry.
A huge uptake of java drinking in emerging markets means that production will have to rise from 10 million to 40 million bags of beans in the next 10 years, if growers are to keep up with demand, reports Bloomberg.
Throw in the fact that, according to Andrea Illy, chairman and CEO of Illy Italian coffee, climate change is putting farmers off the crop as the weather is becoming more hostile, and we're looking to be hit with a very big problem indeed.
We're already looking at a deficit of 3.5 million bags for the year 2015-2016, which follows up a shortage of 6.5 million in 2014 – the year that coffee-producing country Brazil suffered a severe drought which affected the bean harvest.
“Sooner or later, in months or years, we’ll have to make a bold decision about what to do," Illy said this week. “We don’t know where this coffee will come from.”
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