Your beloved coffee may not survive this century. Rapidly-changing climates or global warming may wipe out the crops or, at the very least, significantly alter its taste.
Coffee as we know and relish it may not taste the same a 100 years from today. At the worst, there may not be any coffee plantations left to ensure you have a hot piping cup of Joe sitting on your desk. One of the most widely-consumed coffees has its plantations under threat from climate change. Though there are about 124 known species of coffee, most of the coffee that ends up in stores, offices, and homes comes from just two — Arabica and Robusta.
Robusta, as the name suggests, offers a very strong brew and is the main ingredient in instant coffee. However, its taste pales for many in comparison to the smooth and complex flavors of Arabica. It is this subspecies that goes into the major coffee productions of the world. Unfortunately, it is a very delicate plant that’s also very sensitive to environmental conditions. A slight change in rainfall or regional temperature significantly affects the plant and ultimately coffee production.