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The Guardian recently produced a long article on the state of coffeearabicaBeans farming and the production of the vital arabica beans.

Ironically, coffee prices have never been higher, but in the case history used to develop The Guardian’s article, in Uganda, some farmers are seeing their incomes fall in, or because of, a rising market.

Despite strong demand for hot cups of the best coffee the coffee farmers around Mount Elgon in Uganda are seeing their incomes fall, as their inability to generate yield in the face of increasing disease and pests in the coffee crop.

The arabica beans grow best in 18 – 23 degrees Centigrade, but with climate change and the surge in pests, The Guardian argues that the area around Mount Elgon could cease production of beans completely in the next decade.

There are a number of ironies in a rising market.

Incomes and the potential to supply are faltering in the face of climate change and pests, despite liquidity in the market.

The Guardian article highlights attempts to turn hillsides around the world back into lush forests in order to help stabilise climate change. However, the return to tropical forests does not, given that arabica grows in specific narrow band climatic conditions, totally assure the future of the market.

The heaviest irony of all is that our ability to process and distribute our product to the end user has never been more sophisticated; but what The Guardian does not analyse is the old politics of cash crop reliance.

If climate change persists the better, more rational human development opportunity, might be to explore other tropical leaning crops to sustain communities.

A provocative thought for a company involved in selling coffee!

You can read the full article from the economic section of The Guardian here.

The Caffe Carino Team