The global coffee crisis is coming
It's becoming harder and harder to grow.
Sources and Additional Reading:
Andres Guhl
Phillip A. Hough and Jennifer Blair
Mike Hoffman
Christian Bunn et al.
Davis et al.,
Federación Nacional de Cafeteros
Richard Schiffman (Yale)
Jessica Eise and Natalie Lambert
Andy Jarvis

Coffee is one of the most popular commodities on Earth. It's grown by nearly 125 million farmers, from Latin America to Africa to Asia. But as man-made climate change warms the atmosphere, the notoriously particular coffee plant is struggling. Places like Colombia, which once had the perfect climate to grow Arabica coffee, are changing. Now, experts estimate the amount of land that can sustain coffee will fall 50 percent by 2050. It's not just a crisis for consumers but for the millions who have made a livelihood out of growing coffee. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out
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    • Steve Smith
      Steve Smith

      @13th Evergreen I didn’t know you could wear a house 🤣🤣🤣 OH you meant warehouse...or maybe a greenhouse 🙄🙄🙄

    • Mitchell Hart
      Mitchell Hart

      @Jay Ar A Colombian filmmaker shot it

    • Rollling

      Prices are low , but you folks think there is too little production ?

    • Lagarto Verde
      Lagarto Verde

      @Big Red misinformation? The Climate IS changing because of Man, deal with it.

    • Lagarto Verde
      Lagarto Verde

      @machc1234golf Yes, but the man destroys ozone layers

  • Aditya Bokkisum
    Aditya Bokkisum

    then let's drink Tea

  • Hilario Gonzalez
    Hilario Gonzalez

    I can deal with global warming affecting my seasons.. but I can’t deal with it if coffee is gone or too expensive to buy. The last straw to me. I am becoming an activist here now

  • Brian Cherry
    Brian Cherry

    Soon we'll be drinking coffee flavored beverage with added caffeine. Like cola, without the bubbles, served hot.

  • Wen Guo
    Wen Guo

    What is Starbucks's social responsibility in the entire coffee industry and process?

  • david psalm bendula
    david psalm bendula

    i hope starbucks & nestle ,,, should back them up..

  • Grinch TV
    Grinch TV

    Can they not grow it indoors and match the weather and such to keep growing it?

  • JGui

    I'm worried about Brazil in the future the most forests, the most pure water (above and under ground) and specially, we have the most coffee. The first coffee war will be here lol

  • Charo Pacia
    Charo Pacia

    No offense but i thought it was bill gates in the thumbnail for a moment

  • Elie Saikaly
    Elie Saikaly

    The world is getting worse in every single way

  • uma-jan

    zzz who actually cares? the price of coffee will rise as supply falls it's simple economics

  • Mr. Vector
    Mr. Vector

    I really hope coffee disappears cuz it really changed my family's live

  • Lord Ball-sac the 2nd
    Lord Ball-sac the 2nd

    If it got sooo bad youd just build environmental controlled greenhouses same for bees and anything else. The abilites there the know-how etc just let go of those silly numbers in your head you waiting to argue with

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  • Nikita Evdokimov
    Nikita Evdokimov

    And, I guess, even FairTrade can`t help them :( I would prefer to pay a bit more for coffee if knowing that that additional money will 100% go to the farmers

  • erwin schmidt
    erwin schmidt

    there is no man made climate change! There is a change in the whole solar system!

  • Pinguin

    You can support this people by leaving your fridge doors open and fight climate warming.

  • Muhammed Shaheen
    Muhammed Shaheen

    Can you genetically modify plants to be more weather resistant? Monsanto: hold my coffee

  • Michael Kaer
    Michael Kaer

    I have 10 pounds of green coffee beans I put in long term storage a year or so ago. I recently purchased another 50 pounds and wanting to get another 50. I have an electric roaster and electric grinders but I also have a cast iron frying pan to roast by hand. I have manual grinders I picked up at the thrift store. I have electric coffee/espresso machines, stove top glass and corningware percolators, a French press and a campfire pot for cowboy coffee. I use instant coffee as well and looking to store more of it. I have this coffee thing down for the near future.

  • C Boli
    C Boli

    Pushing the climate change agenda! No real information here!

  • Rory Aids
    Rory Aids

    Well surely if coffee supply starts to fall prices will go up and save the farms which arent wiped out

  • Ignatius Rocky
    Ignatius Rocky

    y all worried about the wrong crysis

  • Hardcore Herbivore
    Hardcore Herbivore

    good thing I quit drinking coffee.

  • 04mapa

    Juan Valdez y su delicioso café ☕️ ❤️

  • chow lee
    chow lee

    I like more tea not coffee . Coffee is strong not good for heart

  • yachatruc

    It's the reality not only for coffee, but for most crops. The unsustainable way of profit leaded by supermarket chains is making farmers not only in poor countries, but in developed one's also, live at the edge of poverty in small farmers or bankruptcy in big producers.

  • Nikolai Rulovich
    Nikolai Rulovich

    Anyone else found it funny that when they talk about "High quality coffee" they show Starbucks pictures...? Hahahaaa

  • Simonchez

    The term she used is "remuneration".

  • Murle

    Song at 2:10? I tried shazam but it does not work

  • cyasi

    You’d think this would be enough for people to be concerned about global warming.

  • Dathan Stringer
    Dathan Stringer

    Its time to switch to cocaine

    • luke gingerich
      luke gingerich

      why not both

  • weeeju

    6:49 Coffee industry in Columbia is thriving after international agreement sets minimum price export in 1962. 8:30 Coffee farmers in Columbia start losing profit because the international treaty setting a price minimum falls apart in 1980s. More countries are flooding the market with cheap coffee. Ok I understand climate change was and is a factor in the amount of money these farmers make. I also appreciate that Vox is presenting all the information available in this persuasive video. However, at 4:07 they say that the amount of land dedicated to farming these beans has dropped 7%. Now, what percentage of this 7% drop is due to the loss of business because the influx of cheap coffee? From an economist perspective, It seems to me that they're losing market share because people who want to drink cheap coffee are buying from retailers who purchase from these cheap coffee farms. Before this, those customers were force to buy more expensive, price regulated coffee. I'd imagine when the demand for expensive Colombian coffee exceeds the amount these farms produce, the farms can hike up the export price and start to make money again.

  • cd6xc

    Showing Starbucks coffee as quality and talking about the necessity of price minimums is almost hypocritical.

  • kingmike40

    I'll give up my car before I give up my coffee.

  • Miguel Costa
    Miguel Costa

    we cant talk about coffee’s history without telling about its production in Brazil

  • Idol

    Scientist should work on genetically modifying coffee in order to fix this problem.

  • BuffaloGal

    Chemtrail spray is NOT "Climate Change."

  • Francisco Ferreira da Silva
    Francisco Ferreira da Silva

    Deja ver si entiendo, IT-my primiun 39.000,00 pesos colombianos y los de vox quieren cobrar aparte?🤬 una cuota mayor que la del proveedor de la plataforma? Mensual? ¡me cago en la leche como dicen los Españoles, o. Muchachos si te va llevar las hormiguitas! (Venezuela) El abuso no tiene precio, solo miren lo que paso a otras plataforma! 😢fin de mundo

  • Jack B McGrath
    Jack B McGrath

    Did he really just say “the good stuff” as Starbucks came up?

  • Giulio Toffano
    Giulio Toffano

    Do you really mean that Starbucks is better quality than espresso!?!

  • Dead Head
    Dead Head

    Guess it's time to go hydroponic

  • Gil Blax
    Gil Blax

    You should have to use Starbucks if you were making a documentary about water.

  • shree laxmi
    shree laxmi

    Farmers are dealing with a problem that could have been avoided if they'd cultivated other crops along with coffee. While I do feel sorry for them, I also believe this is a problem created by the greed to make more money off of one crop. Monocultures are unsustainable not just for the environment but also for economy.

  • पी एस कूल gamerz
    पी एस कूल gamerz

    Vox : coffee is in danger British , indian and Chinese be like : so what

  • Dor Amram
    Dor Amram

    I stopped watching at "Robusta is used for espresso, and Arabica is used for the good stuff (shows Starbucks)" :/

  • 787.478.6899 Whatsapp
    787.478.6899 Whatsapp

    Interview a bunch of retired farmers. Can you have more coffee, no

  • andy de wolf
    andy de wolf

    ok, i like coffee to, but i think the lack of coffee is gonne be the least of our problems. china is flooding for over 3 months, brazil,usa, siberia, and africa is on fire. locust plague in africa, middle east all the way to china for over 7 moths now. other coutries in the middle east have severe floods too. coffee is just one of the many things we wont have in the future, unless youre verry rich.

  • Rory True
    Rory True

    Man made climate change. Ha

  • Anelia Ermoshkina
    Anelia Ermoshkina

    Such a beautiful video ❤️

  • Hisyam Farid_M
    Hisyam Farid_M

    Who else read the thumbnail as "coffee chris" ?

  • FinestScenes

    sais high quality coffee and shows a star-bucks coffee 💩

  • Hayden K.
    Hayden K.

    It's sad and funny that when coffee is gone, a sizable minority will blame it on some weird conspiracy and deny climate change.

  • Roblox lover 0654
    Roblox lover 0654

    Time to hoard up coffee

  • Kai-Zer Inc.
    Kai-Zer Inc.

    Climate change is an Obama ploy- Republicans

  • Kai-Zer Inc.
    Kai-Zer Inc.

    So it can't be lab grown?

  • Mark Barone
    Mark Barone

    More than 50 years ago people knew this issue and moved coffee growing to cooler countries or mixed banana trees (shade trees) with coffee. Even in Mexico, a country with a cooler climate, grows coffee with bananas. Maybe Colombia should have started growing other crops like avocados, or they should have invested in research in hardier coffee strains. Other countries have and have adapted.

  • Pedro Manoel Marquetti de Morais
    Pedro Manoel Marquetti de Morais

    Surprised and disappointed at the ignoring of Brazil in this video, us being the largest importer and coffee being so important to the nation's wealth historically. Still, great video.

  • Raffaele Piccini
    Raffaele Piccini

    Hey.. are saying espresso coffee is not high quality? 🧐

  • Dego chan2
    Dego chan2

    So everyone will talk about the Starbuck thing but no about the coffee?

    • Dego chan2
      Dego chan2

      @ciamber I too work with codffe at Honduras and literally my father is without job because of a crisis (also part of government fault)

    • ciamber

      Well as someone who works with coffee it's hard to watch a video (and deem it credible) when a terrible product placement appears not even 2 mins in.

    • Haeden

      This is the problem that we see in a lot of other places... everyone focuses on that "conspiracy" or "controversy" instead of focusing on what's being talked in the video, i.e. missing the point. And I'm pretty sure Vox only used Starbucks because it's easily recognisable (regardless of viewers' taste in Starbucks).

  • JETZcorp

    As others have said, if production has hardships but the price is low, that doesn't add up. If climate change reduces yields, that will reduce supply, and the price will rise. If the price isn't rising, then there's either a supply increase somewhere else (perhaps a region that is becoming more coffee friendly due to climate change, or other factors like politics), or the demand is reduced (covid-induced genocide of coffee shops). So either these farmers are being out-competed, or it's just a demand slump.

  • Pam

    Grandma used to farm coffe.....not anymore and just now did I found out why

  • Thecrippled Pancake
    Thecrippled Pancake

    I am 19.5 years old an am proud to say I’ve only ever had coffee twice in my life and plan on never drinking it again. It’s discussing, it’s addictive, it has to be imported, and it’s often harvested by people that do not receive fair wages or working conditions.

  • I’m mildly Bored. Apologies.
    I’m mildly Bored. Apologies.

    glad I never got into coffee now

  • William Beltran
    William Beltran

    Amazing video

  • Jxite

    In 2120, coffee will be made on Everest

  • Edos Osazoa
    Edos Osazoa

    vertical farming?

  • Fathoni Tri Kurniawan
    Fathoni Tri Kurniawan

    Vox Atlas, along with Borders, Observatory and Darkroom are my favourites. Especially because Sam Ellis had same simillarities with Johnny Harris who recommended him into Vox. Great series! Keep it up

  • András Fogarasi
    András Fogarasi

    FedeCafe sounds like a cartel.

  • hicktown1969

    That´s the reason some people grow coca, marihuana, get into politics and go to the crime activities, because in cocalombia the crime does pay.


    Great documentary

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