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Sep 1, 2016
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The coffee industry is definitely booming here in the country. Coffee shops such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean are everywhere. A cup, tall and in plastic, has also become a fashion staple and a selfie accessory.

However, you might want to start savoring every drop of your daily Venti Mocha Fraps.

New findings released by The Climate Institute, a non-profit organization that works toward climate change solutions, states that changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting coffee crops from Africa to Central America.

Climate change problem will apparently reduce the world’s coffee supply by 2050 which may affect the livelihoods of more than 120 million of the world's poorest people.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil and around 2.25 billion cups are consumed each day. It grows best in areas with high altitude, rich soil, moderate temperature, and proper shading. These conditions are found in countries located across the equator such as Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia.

Sadly, climate change is heavily affecting these areas and since these are impoverished locations, they might have a problem coping with shifting conditions in the environment.

One example that the effects are already being felt is the production in Tanzania, where the jobs in the coffee industry has declined by half since 1960.

“Consumers are likely to face supply shortages, impacts on flavor and aromas, and rising prices,” according to CEO of The Climate Institute, John Connor.

The news has pushed large coffee chains, such as Starbucks, to think of ways to solve the problem.

One solution is to move coffee farms to higher ground or away from the equator. But then, coffee plants take years to grow and produce. The Climate Institute, for their part, suggests buying brands that benefits small farmers.

Also, coffee growers in Brazil, the largest producer in the world, have been experiencing the right amount of rainfall that coffee farms need which they expect would yield 51.9 million bags, up from 43.2 million bags in 2015.

Here's a video to further explain the coffee situation being experienced worldwide: