From blends to single origin, americano to mochacinno, this liquid gold is one of the few commodities that has its own lingo. Coffee lovers have turned coffee into a way of life relying on the holy espresso to act as social lubricant. The proverbial coffee culture is sustained by 25 million coffee farmers, spread across 70 countries. As International Coffee Day approaches, we’re asking you to help us raise awareness of the harsh conditions our beloved bean faces, before it’s too late.
As you can image, climate change and it’s potential to wipe out their livelihood is putting extra pressure on smallholder farmers who have had the least impact on the rise in our earth’s temperate. In many producing countries, coffee is a key industry, whereby entire families are dependant on the income earned from their coffee sales.
Having heard the international outcry for a more sustainable industry, several leading coffee companies, with the assistance of various organisations, have stepped in and created an initiative for coffee and climate. Fairtrade has also set up a Carbon Credits programme, empowering farmers to both cut emissions and raise their resilience to climate change. Smallholders now have improved access to tools and practices to respond to climate change.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. In three simple ways, YOU have the power to make a difference.
Last but not least, drink responsibly, and help us keep Fairtrade’s flagship product alive. It was after all the drink that got us going. On International Coffee Day (Saturday, 1 October), let’s raise our cuppas to coffee smallholders and communities, organisations working to sustain the coffee market, and consumers demanding action from retailers and coffee companies.
> Download the paper A Brewing Storm: The climate change risks to coffee for more information