Stories from my Sketchbook . . .
The most popular drink in the world, bar none, is water. The second most popular drink in the world, depending on which set of on-line statistics you believe, is either tea or coffee. (I don’t quite understand how red wine is not in the running, but there you go . . . )
Anyway, during the day at least, I am (unapologetically) a tea drinker, and green tea at that. I drink vats of the stuff. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like coffee, I do—my special treat when I go to the movies is a large flat white coffee (and a bag of maltesers)—but, to me, coffee is coffee is coffee. I am, in no way shape or form, a coffee aficionado. It doesn’t make much difference to me what kind of roast or blend my coffee is. As long as my coffee is hot, it’s fine. (I can hear coffee-lovers heads exploding all over the place after that comment . . . )
However, it appears that even my special once-in-a-while coffee treat could now be in jeopardy—apparently there is a coffee crisis looming. In September 2016 the Australia’s Climate Institute released a report which predicts that by 2050 global warming will have made at least half of the land currently used for coffee production unable to produce quality beans. And by 2080 hot temperatures could make wild coffee plants completely extinct.
As I am only an occasional imbiber (along with the fact that I will be 91 years old in 2050 and 121 when wild coffee plants eventually become extinct) such a coffee crisis is unlikely to affect me much personally, but I thought I should probably make mention of it . . . just a kind of ‘heads up’ to some of my coffee-addicted friends and colleagues to let them know that their beloved brew is in peril, and they might need to do a little forward thinking—a little pre-planning (start hoarding now folks) if they want to ensure they continue to receive their daily hit of their favourite beverage . . .