A Warming World Threatens Colombia’s Coffee Future

Colombian coffee farmer Edgar Mendoza has been growing coffee on his 1.5-hectare farm in northern Colombia’s Serranía de San Lucas region for only 4 years, but he has already noticed that the climate is changing how he grows his crops.

“Climate change is obvious here,” he said. “There is an imbalance in the seasons, seasons with a lot of rain and other very dry seasons—even the winter and summer seasons are not fixed in place as before.”

This matches up with research in Ethiopia suggesting that climate change may radically redefine the regions best suited to growing coffee. Colombian scientists and farmers said the same is happening in their homeland, with some experts saying coffee production needs to be 150 meters…

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