Wild coffee in danger of extinction

Publication date: 10/03/2019

60% of the world's wild coffee species are in danger of extinction due to climate change, deforestation and the increase of pathogenic fungi and pests, according to an investigation of the Royal Kew Botanic Garden of London.

One of the varieties that will be most affected as a result of global warming will be the Arabica coffee, the most commercialized in the world, which has already entered as a species at risk of disappearing in the Red List of Endangered Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The results based on more than two decades of research show the worldwide concern in the sector and demonstrate that conservation measures for the current wild coffee species are inadequate to guarantee their long-term future.

The study published today in the research journals "Science Advances" and "Global Change Biology" highlights the need to understand the risk of extinction of this species to implement appropriate and effective policies such as assisted migration, conservation or regeneration of the forests.

Over-supply continues to impact the Café

Publication date: 01/02/2019

The coffee bulls have had a couple of difficult years due to the fall in prices due to an excess of the world supply. For investors in Arabica, 2019 is not proving to be different at the moment.

Much of the fall is due to Brazil, which harvested a record amount of coffee in 2018, and is preparing to harvest another large crop this year.

Arabica coffee has been one of the raw materials with the worst performance in the last two years. In Brazil, the main producer, the years of high local prices allowed farmers to invest more, which led to better yields, while favorable weather helped boost production. A weaker Brazilian real in the last two years also favored exports and the price of coffee has dropped in dollars.

Most of the increase in production this season comes from South America, and a second consecutive surplus will total 2.3 million bags, according to the International Coffee Organization. Although some growers are experiencing difficulties, it is not easy for them to react and change to other crops since coffee trees last several years after they are planted. When prices are low, farmers sometimes use less fertilizer or prune trees, but this takes time to impact the supply.

Caffeine bad or good for your health?

Publication date: 15/01/2019

Tea, like coffee, has caffeine. Thanks to this substance, the power of both lies in activating the central nervous system leaving the brain in a state of alert that resists fatigue. However, there are many experts in aesthetics that point out that the recurring consumption of these beverages also speeds up the aging of the skin.

Also, many recommend replacing coffee with tea, noting that this drink causes less damage to the skin. However, and for both cases, "there is not a single study that shows that caffeine is bad for the skin, in fact, it has a lot of antioxidants (...) In addition, there are studies that suggest that caffeine increases life expectancy in relation to coronary heart disease and stroke, "said Ricardo Ruiz, dermatologist at the International Dermatology Clinic in Madrid to El País.

On the other hand, an investigation of the Dermopathic Institute of the Immaculate in Rome, points to the preliminary hypothesis that caffeine can play a very positive role in the prevention of melanoma.

Other benefits of the regulated consumption of tea and coffee are the protection of the immune system and the diuretic, digestive and antitumor properties of its antioxidants.

Coffee Country - ADEX

Publication date: 12/12/2018

For Peru to be recognized as a coffee-growing country, it is necessary to strengthen innovation and technical assistance to producers and develop actions to boost the coffee industry, said today the president of the Association of Exporters (Adex), Juan Varilias.

During the inauguration of the Coffee and Cocoa Pavilion at the Expoalimentaria fair, the union leader said that actions must be established to face the problems linked to climate change that affect coffee yields and productivity.

I also emphasize that coffee activity is an important source of foreign currency. According to Adex, Peruvian exports of coffee reached US $ 190.4 million between January and July of this year, a figure that is 7% lower than the same period of 2017.

"The price of coffee fell 22% in the last semester, so that government initiatives such as the launch of the 'Cafés del Perú' brand will help highlight the diversity, specialty and national origin," he said.