Coffee and the Environment

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Is Arabica nearly eradica?! Arabica coffee beans could be extinct in the wild by 2080 because of climate change, according to a new study by researchers at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Arabica is the backbone of the coffee industry, accounting for 70 percent of global production, according to the International Coffee Organization. But most of it can be traced back to a handful of plants taken from Ethiopia in the 17th and 18th centuries, and its narrow gene pool makes it very susceptible.

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The prospects are “profoundly negative,” the study concluded. Even in a best-case scenario, two-thirds of the suitable growing locations would disappear by 2080 — and at worst, nearly 100 percent. And that’s factoring in only climate change, not deforestation.

Previous studies have established that both wild and cultivated Arabica are very climate sensitive, thriving only within a very narrow range of temperatures. So even if you do some very simple sums, it doesn’t take much to realize that there’s an intrinsic threat to these species from accelerated climate change, the logical conclusion is that coffee production will be negatively impacted.

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We love our planet, and would rather it not burst into flames (or for us to get attacked by wolves on a boat frozen into the street in New York - like in the film The Day After Tomorrow). That’s why we’re doing our bit by investing in new takeaway cups and lids that are completely biodegradable and compostable. They are made from recycled paper and lined with PLA (which is made entirely from plants) for waterproofing.

Our coffee is also sourced from Clifton Coffee Roasters, who are well known for not only their ethically produced coffee, but also for their green credentials, sourcing in small batches and with a low coffee wastage. We also source our milk locally for even less travel miles.

We’re working our way towards a more sustainable business and getting better everyday, but we won’t stop short and will keep improving until we have low emissions and zero waste.

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