Between a certain virus, the recession it caused, political turmoil in the USA, and the usual round of strife, the last twelve months have been distinctly sub-optimal.
And now The Register brings you news of a terrifying new crisis: a coffee shortage.
Bloomberg’s Indian outpost “Quint” details the disaster: droughts in Brazil have crimped supply, even as the ships and containers needed to get the diminished crop to market have become hard to find.
Quint pointed to research from liquidity hub Marex Spectron about the dire state of the market.
$KC_F #COFFEE $JO $ES
*Marex Spectron Sees Brazil Coffee Output Down 34 Percent*
*Marex Spectron Sees Brazil Coffee Harvest at 32.8M Bags Versus 50M Bags*
*Marex Spectron Sees Global Coffee Production Deficit of 10.7M Bags Versus 8.4M Bag Surplus*
— AnthonyCFA (@tonycfa) March 8, 2021
Stockpiles of the precious beans are at record lows, coffee futures are spiking faster than your heart rate after a triple-espresso, and the industry is bracing for cost increases.
Your correspondent, for whom a daily large skim milk latte is utterly essential between 08:30 and 09:15, recently sampled a very fine brew prepared from beans grown in a suburban backyard and roasted in a popcorn-making machine. However, advice from gardening site Garden Drum suggests 30 plants, and six years of horticulture, are required to produce sufficient beans for a daily jolt.
If COVID-related lockdowns last long enough to home-brew a feasible alternative, we’ll have a lot more problems than coffee shortages. ®