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There is a predicted global coffee shortage on the horizon which could see both coffee prices rise and cafes closing.

In a recent interview with the ABC news, Giuseppe Lavazza, vice president of global coffee supplier Lavazza, said there were signs that coffee-producing nations would not be able to meet global demand for the coffee in the forthcoming future.

“There is the problem of a possible shortage,” he told 774 ABC Radio Host Jon Faine.

Giuseppe stated that climate change in particular had been affecting coffee production for some time.

“Last year we had drought in Brazil, for example, this year we had El Nino in Indonesia,” he said.  “Long-term the world will need much more coffee because international coffee consumption is growing.  We think that in the future if the basics are not going to change, the price of the coffee is going to increase on the international market because of this difference between the demand and the supply,” he said.

With little land left to grow coffee that is not already in use, Giuseppe said that the only way to satisfy the ever-growing worldwide demand was to improve the productivity of existing farms.

The predicted price increase of coffee beans could lead to the closure of smaller cafes as they struggle to absorb the price rise of the in demand product.

  • Might be time to plant a coffee bean tree. Or swap over to green tea. I love my coffee, but I won’t be paying over the top for it. It will be terrible if more small businesses get squeezed out.

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  • I can imagine some people are going to keep stocking up on coffee are hearing of or reading this. There was a shortage a few years ago after huge coffee growing areas were badly damaged by weather conditions. Sealed coffee containers will keep for longer than the date marked on them before they gradually start to deteriorate.

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  • Oh my, never thought I’d hear of this happening! Luckily I’m not as addicted to coffee as I once was.

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  • Noooooo,coffee is definetly my vice.

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  • yeah hopefully it won’t affect too many!

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  • That’s a worry for small business’s particularly out here in the country where all we have is small business :(

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  • i love coffee but this will be hard on a lot of people especially if they don’t want to pay more. oh well, better enjoy it while you can!

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  • I don’t drink coffee so that doesn’t bother me personally. Not real good for businesses that rely on it though. Hope something can be sorted out.

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  • Lke zf

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  • Oh gosh… I can’t live without my coffee!

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  • Shortages of coffee and chocolate!! Nooooo!

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  • I don’t like coffee so it won’t affect me personally, but it’s simply terrible. Another effect of global warming!! :-(

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  • I didn’t know there were such limited coffee growing zones. Will be interesting to see what happens.

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  • Reading this first thing in the morning is not how I wanted to start my day!! O_o HAHA!! I love my coffee so this is worrying but more worrying is the effect this could have on small businesses – one of our closest friends own a small cafe so I’m really hoping this isn’t going to effect them.

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  • Wow. That is very interesting. So many people I know who font drink coffee. I love it though


    • I love fresh coffee – the best way to start a day! :)

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