Climate change is threatening your favorite coffee. As heat, drought, and increasing pests start to limit where coffee beans can grow, the industry is struggling to adapt–but one startup is attempting to tackle the problem by reverse engineering a cup of coffee that can be made without coffee beans. Farmers already report struggling with changes in temperature and longer droughts; when rains do come, it’s also now more likely to cause erosion and landslides. Arabica trees also suffer from pests like the coffee berry borer, which is spreading because of climate change. Other types of coffee also face challenges. A report from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture estimates that around half of the land now used for growing coffee won’t be able to grow it within around 30 years. “We realized, holy crap, you know, coffee is actually in trouble–it’s at risk,” says Andy Kleisch, CEO of Atomo, a Seattle-based startup that is working to … [Read more...] about This startup reverse engineered coffee in case climate change means we can’t get coffee beans
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By Julie Wernau The Wall Street Journal Robbie Whelan Wed., Dec. 19, 2018 Angela Poló Gámez and her husband Eustolio García, coffee pickers from a small town in Guatemala, have recently joined a migrant caravan heading to the U.S. The cause of their displacement: a weak global market for coffee. “When the price is good, we have work, but when it isn’t, we have no money to pay the rent, no money for food, no money for the doctor,” said Ms. Poló, 56, standing on the side of the road in Baja California state, where the bus she was riding had broken down about three hours from the border. Coffee prices have been stuck below the cost of production for the longest stretch since the global financial crisis, leading some producers to abandon crops and some to migrate for new jobs. The shift is being driven by currency fluctuations that are encouraging sales and production in Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer, spurring … [Read more...] about Low coffee-bean prices brew trouble for farmers
Putting liquor in your coffee might not be something you do on the daily unless you’re a Bailey’s loyalist -- but the combination of both bitter liquids is actually more common than you may think.Cocktails like Espresso Martinis and Mexican Coffees have been earning spots on the trendiest menus for years with good reason — there’s something to be said about the decadence that a perfectly roasted coffee bean matched with a rich, equally-as-strong liquor offers. And perhaps no brand’s reputation for perfectly roasted coffee beans proceeds that of Starbucks, which is set to open its fourth (second in the United States) Reserve Roastery in New York on December 12.The Roastery is an all-immersive experience where customers can stop by the first craft coffee bar on the way in, grab their signature skim latte and watch the roasting process actually take place on the same floor.The 23,000-square-foot Roastery in Manhattan’s Meatpacking … [Read more...] about This Starbucks boasts a 60-foot bar — Here are the coffee-inspired cocktails you need to try
caption Michael Avenatti. source Mario Tama/Getty Images Michael Avenatti, whose profile has skyrocketed in recent months as Stormy Daniels’ attorney, is under fire in relation to Tully’s – a coffee chain he purchased in 2013 – even though Avenatti says he sold his interest. Dozens of lawsuits (many of which are still unresolved) allege that Tully’s parent company, Global Baristas, failed to pay rent and suppliers. Business Insider spoke with six former Tully’s workers who said they witnessed signs of financial woes, such as inadequate upkeep and issues with suppliers. Some former employees told Business Insider that Avenatti was seemingly involved in financial matters at the chain – one says until all locations abruptly closed in March. Avenatti refutes these claims. Avenatti’s explosive rise coming soon after … [Read more...] about Coffee shortages, payment questions, and shocking closures: Former employees at the coffee chain once purchased by Stormy Daniels’ lawyer share what it was like to work at Tully’s
caption California’s Bixby Bridge, south of Monterey. source Matt Snodderly / Shutterstock.com In California, it seems you’re never far from a reminder about cancer. You can’t park a car indoors in the Golden State without seeing a warning about the ways your cancer risk might spike. Earlier this week, a California judge ordered that all coffee sellers in the state must post warnings about the potentially cancer-causing effects of a chemical in coffee called acrylamide. Acrylamide occurs naturally in small quantities when coffee beans – and many other plant-derived foods – are roasted, though research suggests the health benefits of drinking coffee vastly outweigh the risks. California’s warning rule comes from a 1986 state law called Proposition 65, which was enacted to protect California’s drinking water supply from toxic, potentially cancer-causing chemicals. But the law also mandates that the state keep a master … [Read more...] about Coffee will now come with a cancer warning in California. Here’s why the state puts warnings on more than 1,000 foods, places, and chemicals.