Dear Specialty coffee drinker, on April 14th 2021 an article titled: ‘Climate change is making it harder to get a good cup of coffee’ rang strong in the hearts of people involved in the Tonbo Affect team.
The reason WHY it rang strong? We have strong links with farmers in Africa, who grow and live their lives through the specialty coffee that we sell. Our mission is to stay true to these farmers and help them sustain their family’s future.
The article posted on the phys.org website. by the Postdam institute for Climate impact Research, gives a brief, however disturbing insight on how climate change is having an impact on one of the biggest specialty coffee farming countries in Africa. Ethiopia.
Factors including temperature warming, rainfall and seasonality all have an impact in the quality of your brew. Therefore, as the article suggests, the warmer the climate gets the more the coffee cherry matures faster than its natural development. Leading to diminished quality coffee. Who wants that?
For your average person, its does not mean much. For the specialty coffee connoisseur, it means everything.
Looking deeper into this issue, I decided to click through to the Postdam Institute website and found a link to a trailer of a coming soon Netflix film: ‘Breaking Boundaries: The road to a cleaner, Healthier and More Peaceful World’, in which both Johan Rockstrom and Sir David Attenborough team up to deliver scientific knowledge from thousands of years ago to predict future happenings.
The trailer is well worth the watch and I’ll be looking out for the film when it comes out.
Author: Tom Lacey
Tonbo Affect LLC