With Keurigs in our offices and built into our refrigerator doors, coffee has never been closer at hand for this generation of caffeine lovers. But as the world around us gets more and more hooked on the stuff (and they will, ohhhhhh they will), it should be noted that -- as reported by the International Coffee Organization -- the world's largest supplier of the stuff, Brazil, is in the midst of a drought and some pretty tough growing conditions. Oh, and demand for coffee worldwide is supposed to jump 25% in the next five years. Ruh-roh.
This perfect storm is coming about because of the drought in Brazil and a widespread strain of leaf fungus called "roya" that has been decimating coffee crops in Central America (about 5.7 million bags total were lost to both during this "crop year"). Add to that the fact that coffee is only becoming more popular in China, India, and Latin America, and you've got a recipe for some serious caffeine withdrawal across the planet.
So will coffee prices tend to skew upward? Most likely, unless another viable coffee-growing market emerges, and fast. Coffee fanatics probably don't need to be told to stay up late to do some legwork on that front.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and hopes nobody faults him for wanting to switch to tea. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.