You may have to switch to tea within the next two decades if the predictions of some scientists are true.
According to researchers at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, over half of the world’s coffee species could become extinct by 2039. What’s more, it’s all our fault.
The rapid deterioration is attributed to many of mankind’s environmental practices, especially deforestation. Coffee beans require the a heavy forest climate to grow. Changing temperatures and heavy rainfall also play a role in upsetting the meticulous conditions required for coffee plants to reach maturity.
One senior researcher, Aaron P. Davis, told CNN:
“The important thing to remember is that coffee requires a forest habitat for its survival. With so much deforestation going on around the world, wild coffee species are being impacted at an alarming rate.”
Some are hoping the eradication of this morning essential may finally wake some people up to the real threat of man-made climate change.
Maybe this will wake up the masses?
— Harriet Gar (@harriet_gar) January 18, 2019
— Sanita Dhaubanjar (@sanita_h2o) January 17, 2019
Everything is our fault so why would this change anything?
Humans don't care. If they did we'd have saved those now extinct rhino species. Coffee is just a perk on the long list of what's important that we're losing.
— Michael DeMartino (@YetisTellNoLies) January 17, 2019
U know how much we fucked up this planet? COFFEE IS ENDANGERED. Coffee. That drink that you gobble up errday, tastes like liquid disappointment. IT'S ENDANGERED. A DRINK THAT COMES FROM A PLANT IS ENDANGERED. Just how?? how much do u need to fuck up a planet to endanger coffee??
— Sincerely, Feb (@feb_cortes) January 17, 2019
— Joshua Sauberman (@JoshForNY) January 17, 2019
— John P. Rafferty (@john_p_rafferty) January 18, 2019
The news has some people concerned.
Coffee has long been revered by working people as a way of waking up. Some claim they wouldn’t be able to go on should coffee become a precious product.
The world will come to a screeching halt if coffee goes extinct
— Robert Chamberlain (@ArkBreeder) January 18, 2019
Coffee IS MY LIFE SUPPORT IM GONNA DIE IF THIS GOES EXTINCT https://t.co/1F1sVUK8Mr
— Bₑₐᵤ ₐllₑn (@beauongbontic) January 18, 2019
To be totally clear, if coffee goes extinct then every penny that’s been spent on my education… is wasted. https://t.co/PQD6Dui4oT
— geoff richards (@geoff677) January 17, 2019
Ok if all coffee goes extinct then everyone is going to die. That's not a threat of any kind… I'm just saying…
— Chris Reardon (@therearbeat) January 16, 2019
But climate change and deforestation pose far greater threats to humans than the loss of coffee. If humans don’t do something soon, we may go extinct as well.