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Climate Change's Impact on Coffee

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Climate Change's Impact on Coffee

It shouldn’t really be much of a surprise that climate change can impact coffee farmers - the varying environmental conditions of the globe cause irregular temperatures, rain, and humidity. These conditions, of course, are what can make or break a farmer’s harvest each season. Unfortunately, for the coffee addicts of the world, coffee is a crop that is suffering from these environmental changes, causing major problems for the global coffee industry. Lulu Garcia-Navarro reported for NPR that last year’s Robusta bean production was down 30% by October. The bright side is that Arabica is doing better than predicted. Regardless, all coffee...

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The debate between Arabica and Robusta beans

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The debate between Arabica and Robusta beans

There are 125 species of coffee grown all over the world, yet two species tend to get the most buzz: Robusta and Arabica. Robusta and Arabica have very different reputations in the coffee market, despite the fact they look pretty much the same after roasting. Arabica beans are typically used in the specialty coffee industry, Commonwealth Joe included. Robusta is easier to grow, has a higher yield, is more pest resistant and has more caffeine than Arabica. You would think that would be great, right? However, Robusta beans are considered lower in quality and most frequently used in the commodity...

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