Among the many reasons to worry about global warming, one could hit home sooner and more directly than others: The price for your morning cup of coffee could surge as the climate changes in coffee-growing regions.

On Sept. 27, Environment Montana Research & Policy Center Director Skye Borden sat down with Black Coffee Roasting Company owner Jim Chapman, Amy Cilimburg of Climate Smart Missoula, and the Missoula Current to discuss coffee’s connection to climate change. The discussion focused on a study that found areas suitable for growing coffee in Latin America could decline 73 to 88 percent in the near future.

“This is not a preordained conclusion, but yet the threats are real,” said Skye. “The coffee growers are experiencing the same thing we’re experiencing here with extreme weather.”

Slowing climate change is an all-hands-on-deck situation. We're glad business owners such as Jim Chapman are ready to do their part.

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Photo: Skye Borden, state director of the Research & Policy Center at Environment Montana, Amy Cilimburg, executive director of Climate Smart Missoula and Jim Chapman, owner of Black Coffee Roasters. Credit: Martin Kidston/Missoula Current