Stories on a String
Hi, lovely to see you here!
This is a journal with stories about;
coffee, people, nature, climate, transformation, research, dreams and hopes.
I am Milda, and this is my PhD project.
The Coffee Story
In simplest terms coffee is just a berry; but it is a powerful berry. It is a natural resource, but it is much more than that too.
Coffee is grown, traded and consumed by people, it can therefore not be detached from people.
THE PEOPLE STORY
25 million people farm coffee for a living, many more consume it.
Coffee connects the world, it connects the farmers to the drinkers, the poor to the rich, the sub-tropical to the arctic. It connects businesses, countries, and cultures.
Yet, as much as the value chain connects, it also detaches people, places, values, and potential from one other.
THE CLIMATE STORY
Yields are dropping in a changing climate, making coffee supply unstable and jeopardising livelihoods for millions of farmers.
The Arabica varietal is the tastier option, but it is also the more sensitive one. Half the areas suitable for Arabica coffee now will not be able to produce it in 2050 due to climate change.