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Climate change could affect the quality of your coffee

Climate change could affect the quality of your coffee
Posted at 12:52 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 12:52:00-04

(CNN) - A new study says climate change could affect the quality of your coffee.

Published on Monday in Nature Plants, the study finds that Ethiopia - the world's fifth-largest coffee producer - could lose a significant amount of suitable farming land by the end of the century because of climate change.

Researchers found the combination of low rainfall and rising temperatures could have substantial effects on the coffee-growing areas in Ethiopia.

But climate change doesn't just reduce the amount of coffee produced: it can also reduce its quality.

When temperatures rise, the warmth causes the coffee to ripen too fast, which means it doesn't have time to develop complex flavor elements like acidity and sweetness.

In other words, the coffee beans may be less flavorful.

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