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Saving coffee from extinction PDF Print E-mail
Written by c0ff33   
Jun 30, 2015 at 04:49 PM

Two billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world every day and 25 million families rely on growing coffee for a living. Over the past 15 years, consumption of the drink has risen by 43% - but researchers are warning that the world's most popular coffee, Arabica, is under threat.
Although there are 124 known species of coffee, most of the coffee that's grown comes from just two - Arabica and Robusta.
Robusta makes up about 30% of global coffee production, and is mainly used for instant coffee. As the name implies, it is a strong plant - but for many, its taste cannot compare to the smooth and complex flavours of Arabica.
It is Arabica that drives the industry and accounts for the majority of coffee grown worldwide, but it is a more fragile plant and only tolerates a narrow band of environmental conditions. It is particularly sensitive to changes in temperature and rainfall.
In 2012, research by a team from the UK's Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, revealed a bleak picture for wild coffee in Ethiopia, where Arabica originated. They did a computer modelling exercise to predict how environmental changes would affect Arabica for the rest of the century. They forecast that the number of locations where wild Arabica coffee grows could decrease by 85% by 2080 - the worst-case outcome was a 99.7% reduction.

 

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Italy is well known for it's love of espresso coffee, and in Italy you don't ask for an espresso you ask for a Lavazza coffee. Luigi Lavazza developed his unique blends of different coffee's from around the, roasted to exactly the right level to bring out all the flavour without burning the beans. His blends and roast profiles are still used to this day - one of the reasons Lavazza Coffee is so popular is that each of their coffee blends tastes the same year after year.

Famously known as Italians favourite coffee, Lavazza espresso won't disappoint. Whether your looking for a high quality espresso bean to improve the taste of your coffee or are looking to start providing espresso for your customers Lavazza beans are a wise investment. They rival the beans available in popular coffee high-street chains and are sourced from the finest beans in Brazil, Central America and Asia. The smooth, rich taste of Lavazza is great for milk-based drinks popular with UK customers, but is also delicious as a straight espresso -which is how they drink it in Italy.

 

Lavazza imports coffee from around the world. Countries include Brazil and Colombia in South America, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Honduras in Central America, Uganda in Africa, Indonesia and Vietnam in Asia and the United States and Mexico in North America. Sustainable production concerns have led the company to develop the ¡Tierra! project, a sustainable agriculture program in Honduras, Colombia, and Peru, that seeks to improve the quality of coffee as well as the environmental and working conditions of those communities.[4]

Branded as "Italy's Favourite Coffee," the company claims that 16 million out of the 20 million coffee purchasing families in Italy choose Lavazza.[2] Among its offerings today are products such as Top Class, Super Crema, Crema e Gusto, Grand'Espresso, Dek (decaffeinated), and coffee pods A Modo Mio.