Does NZ have a future in coffee?
Rob and Carol may be the only two commercial coffee growers in NZ, but it’s possible climate change will mean there are more in future.
A 2016 report by the Climate Institute (commissioned by Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand) looked to better understand the extent to which climate change is impacting coffee production globally.
It found strong evidence that rising temperatures and altered rainfall patterns are already affecting coffee yields, quality, pests, and diseases, badly affecting economic security in some coffee regions.
It reports without strong action to reduce emissions, climate change is projected to cut the global area suitable for coffee production by up to 50 per cent by 2050. By 2080, wild coffee plants, an important genetic resource for farmers, could become extinct.
It would also mean in the next few decades, coffee production will undergo dramatic shifts, broadly, away from the equator and further up mountains.