22 Jun '18, 4pm

Coffee farming adapts in the face of climate change

By Bonnie Rochman / Starbucks Newsroom If Felix Monge looked at his coffee farm solely as a business, he might be tempted to switch careers. With temperatures increasing and rainfall unpredictable, it’s much more difficult than it used to be to coax coffee from the rolling green hills of his farm, Finca Guadalupe, south of the Costa Rican capital. But for Monge, a second-generation farmer, coffee is not just a source of capital; it’s a calling. “We love to grow coffee,” said Monge, 37, a small-holder farmer who delivers his coffee to Coopetarrazu, a local co-op that sells to Starbucks. “All that we have here — our car, our house, our education — everything comes from the coffee.” Which is why Monge is so concerned about how climate change is impacting his crop. In the last five years, Monge said the average temperature has increased and the rainy season is no longer as rel...

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