A brewing storm: the climate change risks to coffee

Climate change is already putting production and cost pressures on the supply of coffee in significant parts of the world’s ‘bean belt’ of coffee producing countries. Increasing temperatures and extreme weather events will cut the area suitable for production by up to 50 per cent, erode coffee quality and increase coffee prices for consumers, according to The Climate Institute’s A Brewing Storm: The climate change risks to coffee report, released. Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the world every day, with nearly half of Australians drinking coffee regularly. Yet coffee is just one of a multitude of things increasingly subject to negative climate impacts, and its negative flow-on effects.