Coffee drinkers could face poorer tasting, higher-priced brews in the future.
A report from the International Coffee Organization says the demand for coffee beans is not keeping up with supply and eventually coffee won’t be readily available like it is now.
“Hi guys what can I do for you,” said Michelle Bassler Owner of The Daily Buzz.
Michelle Bassler has been running the Daily Buzz for 6 years, her shop might just be the smallest coffee shop in town, but this doesn’t keep the people from coming.
“I love my policemen my friends at the library and I get a lot of people from IKeating,” said Bassler.
Recent reports from the International Coffee Organization estimated that in 2014, 143 million bags of coffee were produced.
That same year 150 were consumed, meaning demand is growing.
“How often do you drink coffee, every day,” said coffee drinker Dave Rasmusson.
While these stats are a bit scary Bassler says she’s not too worried.
“So many Americans need this, I hate to say it but I think people would start growing their own coffee trees if they had to,” said Bassler.
Demand isn’t the only factor experts say climate change in places like Africa, Brazil and Indonesia is causing lower yields of beans, which means coffee might not taste as great.
“These countries, that is how they raise their children and their grandchildren you know, it would be really sad,” said Bassler.
I asked a few coffee drinkers what they would do if coffee was in short supply….
‘I would probably go through a few headaches first and then I’d probably have to switch to something else,” said Rasmusson.
Bassler and her loyal customers are hopeful that some action will be taken and the many of us who do drink coffee won’t have to suffer in the years to come.
“I hope they can get it figured out because I don’t drink it every day but it’s kind of nice treat every now and then so if it’s not there you have to figure something else out,” said coffee drinker Megan Ternes.
“Hopefully if we could produce it here somebody would find a way to do it,” said Bassler.
The International Coffee Organization says the demand for coffee grows by 2.5 percent annually.