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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - SEPTEMBER 22 : A woman pours hot water into a cup during the Istanbul Coffee Festival (ICF) at Kucukciftlik Park in Istanbul, Turkey on September 22, 2017. 4th Istanbul Coffee is being held between the dates of 21-24 September with the motto of "Lifecycle of Coffee" as hundreds of coffee brands are displayed. Event includes special design products, acoustic concerts, workshops, seminars and art exhibitions. (Photo by Veli Gurgah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

If Internet memes teach us anything, it’s that some people can’t function without the glorious nectar of the coffee bean. If you’re among those who rouse only to a steaming cup of Joe, it may be time to consider tea instead: According to a new report, the world's largest coffee-producing regions could shrink by as much as 88 percent by 2050 as a result of climate change.

This impacts more than just your average American’s ability to function; the global export of coffee averages $19 billion dollars annually, according to The Climate Report’s analysis of climate change on coffee production. Coffee production directly sustains 125 million livelihoods, 25 million of whom are small farmers. To put that in perspective, coffee represents 17% of the export earnings of Nicaragua and 33% of Ethiopia.

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