Coffee Troubles Stir Rising Prices
The Globe and Mail:
On a mountaintop estate in the rugged coffee-making region of Quindio, Colombia, Juan Pablo Villota is at war with the weather.
For three years, abnormally wet conditions have caused massive flooding in the county’s flatlands and damage to Villota's crops. Without enough sun, coffee plants don’t grow the berries that are harvested for their beans. And too much humidity creates ideal conditions for coffee rust, a disease that stunts berry production.