affeinated. It's how a lot of us start our day. And in a world that moves a mile a minute, sipping the heavenly delight we call "coffee" and inhaling its comforting aroma and is what gives a jumpstart to otherwise mundane weekdays. Things just go smoother. Traffic's not quite as annoying.
So to imagine a world without coffee is about as alien as casually wearing two left shoes to the office every day.
But that's exactly what some scientists were claiming might happen, if the changing climate negatively impacts areas where coffee beans are grown. For java lovers, this is a terrifying thought, but it's worth a closer look.
It's OK to admit the coffee bean may just be our best friend.
Others may say it’s an unhealthy attachment, but to coffee connoisseurs, the bean is king. Threats to its well-being can strike fear into even the staunchest hearts. Without coffee, what will keep our eyelids open? How will we listen to an 8 a.m. lecture on modern-day linguistics and its impact on consumer labeling? Who’s going to pick us up when we fall asleep and walk into a wall?
All valid concerns.
Coffee and various other commodities were thought to be in peril recently.
As scary as it is to think about precious java being decimated, studies conducted within the last few years hinted toward a reduction or the overall extinction of things like honey bees and coffee beans. Both of these are held in high esteem by humanity, so, naturally, everyone was concerned. A world without honey or coffee would be a sad one, indeed.
Changes in temperature were feared to be delivering a fatal blow to coffee bean crops.
As temperatures are projected to rise over time, and climates move to a slightly more humid state, scientists have been wary about the overall impact on honey bees, which pollinate and help aid in the growth of many different species of plants. Among these, coffee was anticipated to be negatively impacted — or completely destroyed.
The dynamic duo (honey bees and coffee crops) works together to give us what we crave.
Coffee is a self-pollinating plant, but it’s well-known that its crops flourish and increase supply when bees are free to move back and forth between the plants. An greater supply of beans means a surge of product at your local grocery store — and lower prices that go with along with that.
None of us wants to take out a second mortgage on our home, just to pay for a cup of joe. No matter how much we love it.
The tropics are an area of high concern and a hot spot for research.
While regions all over the world are being studied, there’s a lot of focus on crop production in the tropics. Due to the large supply of commercial perishable goods that originate there, scientists have been hard at work trying to calculate exactly how changes in climate will affect coffee bean crops. Up until recently, the predicted impact was thought to be complete devastation and an end to many of these crops entirely.