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When Weather Affects Coffee

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Our mobile coffee franchises pride themselves on bringing their customers the very best in coffee on the go. You'll be well aware that if the quality of the coffee isn't there in the first place then it can be next to impossible to get anything near a good cuppa.

Global warming has been creeping into our lives for a while – this year we had one of the wettest, mildest winters, and recently it’s been hailing in Brazil. Whether you’re someone working hard to minimise your carbon footprint or not bothering with recycling, it’s hard to miss the fact that global warming is affecting everyone.

This is a problem for coffee growers all around the world. The beans are very sensitive to their environment, so any changes in the weather will affect the end product – meaning that your morning cup of coffee could take on a whole new flavour, if it’s able to grow at all. Realistically if this continues, coffee prices are likely to rise.

The Brazilian Droughts

The supply of quality coffee is being put at risk by these changing weather conditions and at Cafe2U we’re always keeping an eye on this, and looking for alternative sources if there is a problem with one of our chosen growers.

Mauricio Galindo, head of operations at the intergovernmental International Coffee Organisation, is concerned about this phenomenon: "Climate change is the biggest threat to the industry. If we don't prepare ourselves we are heading for a big disaster."

This year has seen a drought during what is usually the Brazilian rainy season, and it means that coffee prices are at their highest in two years. Brazil is the world’s largest coffee suppliers, so if anything changes there we notice all across the world.

Not Just Brazil

Unpredictable weather conditions in Burundi have meant that the coffee output fell by 52 percent last season. War, democratic pressure and lack of fertilisers, as well as the fact that Burundi is landlocked mean that it’s unlikely that the country will meet their production targets in 2014-15 either.

With a peak in production in 40,000 tonnes in the mid-1990, and a target of 22,000 tonnes this year, last year the East African nation was only able to produce 11,000 metric tonnes of the much demanded substance.

The Changes You Can Expect

The good news is that coffee prices for the consumer are only likely to rise modestly, and no more than you’d really expect just from changes in the industry and inflation in general. The majority of coffee lovers are usually prepared to pay those extra pennies as long as the quality is good enough.

As a mobile coffee franchise Cafe2U pay close attention to any circumstance which might affect coffee production and therefore influence our blend. In our recent regional meetings we were discussing this very topic, and we make sure that we’re well aware of any changing conditions which might affect our mobile coffee franchise partners and the products they produce, making sure that as a company we are as prepared as we can be.

If you’re interested in one of our mobile coffee franchises visiting you at work, or buying some of our high quality coffee blend so you can make great drinks at home, simply contact us for more information.

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