Could coffee become extinct?

It's tough news for a Monday morning, but according to a new report from The Climate Institute, coffee could be wiped out by 2080.

Based on the report's estimations, if global warming continues at its current rate, rising temperatures will render half the land currently used to farm coffee unsuitable by 2050.

Climate change will also see an increase in pests and fungi, which will impact the ability to farm beans at current levels and by 2080, wild coffee is expected to be wiped from the planet.

This date may feel like plenty of cups of coffee away, but as temperatures rise, consumers can expect to see their brew's flavour and aroma seriously impacted, while facing increasing price hikes as the beans become more scarce.

"Looking ahead, it is hard to see how consumer prices cannot be anything but badly affected by the projected long-term decline in growing area and other impacts of a more hostile climate," the report said.

Beyond having to find a new morning fix, the disappearance of the coffee plant would also impact around 120 million people whose livelihoods depend on the production of coffee beans.

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