Thirst For Coffee Sparks Supply Worries
It's perfect for sharing and at 10 pounds for one of these flasks, a specialty at British coffee house Caravan. But there's a crisis brewing in the coffee industry that is threatening the supply of premium beans. And that could leave customers with a bitter taste.
Jeffrey Young is from coffee consultants Allegra Strategies. "It takes four years for a plant to come on tap, four, five years for a coffee tree to turn into something you can actually roast."
What we could see here is a chronic long-term shortage of supply. A combination of drought in Brazil, the world's biggest coffee producer, farmers quitting for better-paid jobs in the city, climate change and the rise of artisan coffee shops and you have a recipe for disaster.
Specialty Coffee Heats Up in Africa
By NICHOLAS BARIYO and ALEXANDRA WEXLER
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania—From Rwanda and South Sudan to Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, African coffee growers are watching market trends tilt in their favor, as retail giants shift from high volume to high-flavor beans.
The rise in demand for specialty coffee, which now accounts for one of every two cups in America, has compelled retailers to dive deeper into Africa, bringing on board growers in riskier markets such as South Sudan, Burundi and Congo. Demand for specialty coffee in Europe is also on the rise and now accounts for least 40% of supply, traders say.
As a result, specialty coffee volumes in the region are on the rise, now accounting for nearly 30% of the total production in Africa from less than 15% three years ago, according to African Fine Coffee Association.
Starbucks to Add Thousands of Stores in China
By LAURIE BURKITT
BEIJING— Starbucks Corp. is raising its bet on Chinese consumers’ taste for coffee, despite global jitters over the country’s slowing economy and market turmoil.
Chief Executive Howard Schultz said in an interview that he is bullish on the world’s most populous country, and the Seattle-based coffee giant, which already runs 2,000 stores in 100 Chinese cities, plans to open 500 stores in China every year for the next five years.
“We have confidence in the future of the Chinese economy, despite all the rhetoric, noise and issues,” said Mr. Schultz, who is visiting China this week. “People are looking for reasons not to believe. I’m on the ground and I see firsthand. I am bullish.”
Getting your coffee fix might be harder in 3 years
Jan 7th 2016
It's probably time to start Googling how to grow your own coffee because getting that java jolt may be harder in three years.
Experts say it's because everyone has been drinking more coffee, including those who traditionally sipped tea. We're looking at you, England.
Global Coffee Shortage Looms as Market Braces for Climate Change
By Whitney McFerron, Bloomberg.com
The coffee-drinking world needs another Brazil, the world’s top grower and exporter of the beans, if it’s to avoid a shortage.
Rising consumption, especially in emerging markets, means global production will have to rise by an extra 40 million to 50 million bags of coffee in the next decade, said Andrea Illy, the chairman and chief executive officer of Illycafe SpA, a roaster based in Trieste, Italy. That’s more than the entire crop of Brazil.
Throw in the looming threat of climate change, as well as low prices that are discouraging farmers from increasing output, and you’ve got a potential problem. It’s something producers, government officials and industry representatives are trying to tackle this week at the Global Coffee Forum in Milan.
Another Study Ties Coffee to Better Survival
(Reuters Health) -- In a 10-year U.S. study, people who drank coffee regularly were less likely to die of many causes, including heart disease and diabetes, than those who didn't drink coffee at all
The more coffee study participants consumed, the lower their risk of dying, and decaf drinkers showed a similar pattern.
"Coffee contains numerous biologically active compounds, including phenolic acids, potassium, and caffeine," said lead author Dr. Erikka Loftfield of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland.
Many studies have found that coffee consumption is associated with lower risk of overall and heart-related mortality, Loftfield told Reuters Health by email.
The researchers used data from a previous study on 90,317 adults without cancer or history of cardiovascular disease who were followed from 1998 through 2009. They had reported their coffee intake, along with other dietary and health details, at the start of the study.
Investing in Africa's Agriculture is the Next Best Thing
Investors are being encouraged to look at adding agriculture into their portfolios as we witness significant declines in oil and commodity export returns.
Over 60 per cent of the world’s arable land is situated on the African continent, which makes for a very compelling Africa Agricultural investment case, says Craig Chambers, Old Mutual Investment Group’s Director of Strategic Projects.
At a media briefing in Johannesburg the investment group discussed the emergence of the agricultural sector as a viable asset class in a continent where 65 per cent of Africa’s labour force is in agriculture and constitutes 35 per cent of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Wake up and smell the BS:
our pretentious obsession with coffee is out of control
I live in an area of London where ageing hipsters go to breed. When they get too old for dive bars and skinny jeans with ripped knees, and want to make little hipster babies with stick-on beards, they move to my neighbourhood.
Here the streets are paved with smug couples, the gastropubs are Bugaboo-friendly and the Montessori nurseries are eye-wateringly expensive. And slowly but surely, the place is being flooded with fancy coffee, like a caffeine-crazed Venice.
One of the last remaining “normal” pubs on our local high street just erected a sign announcing its closure after Christmas. Which made me sad enough, without the killer detail: the premises are being taken over by an artisan coffee shop. To go with the umpteen other artisan coffee shops on the street. Every other business here is now a coffee-based one. You can barely hear yourself think above all the hissing of Gaggia machines and clinking of designer cups.
Drink coffee to reduce your chance of early DEATH
Your risk of dying young could be drastically reduced by drinking FIVE cups of coffee.
Drinking a certain amount of coffee each day might reduce your risk of heart disease, reveals exciting new research.
Coffee drinkers who sink four to five cups a day had the lowest risk of death from a whole host of causes, including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory diseases, influenza and even suicide.
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