Why your morning coffee could soon cost a whopping $7

A Melbourne coffee shop owner predicts a morning coffee could soon cost $7.

Mark Dundon, who co-owns Seven Seeds in Melbourne’s inner north, told the Sydney Morning Herald he expects the price of coffee to rise with cafes going out of business due to climate change.

“People will have two a week, not two or three a day. There'll be more coffee made at home,” he said.

“People will still go to cafes for socialising and a break, but you might see a machine making the coffee instead of three or four baristas."

He added some farmers also don’t see a future in coffee plantations either and are looking at growing avocados and bananas instead.

Melbourne cafe owner Mark Dundon predicts coffee might soon be $7 a cup due to climate change. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

A report published by The Climate Institute in 2016 found coffee production could be halved by 2050.

But another report claims it could be much worse.

In October, Yahoo Finance looked at the affect climate change is having on coffee and barley plantations. It means a pint of beer might also go up in price.

Changing conditions in the climate means the amount of area that is suitable for growing coffee crops will decrease dramatically, according to a study by the US-based National Academy of Sciences.

“Climate change impact assessments suggest a significant reduction, up to 50 per cent, in the global area suitable for coffee farming by midcentury,” the report reads.

“Our results suggest that coffee-suitable areas will be reduced 73–88 per cent by 2050 across warming scenarios, a decline 46–76 per cent greater than estimated by global assessments.”

A number of studies claim climate change could reduce coffee plantations by up to 50 per cent by 2050. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Not only this, but coffee production is dependent on pollination by bees – and the diversity and distribution of bee species is slated to drop thanks to climate change.

“Coffee production will likely be affected by climate change in two ways: directly, through the effects of changes in temperature, rainfall, or extreme events on coffee production, and indirectly, through changes in pollination services,” the report reads.

The report also claims it will also affect the livelihoods of 100 million people in the coffee industry.

University of Queensland plant geneticist professor Robert Henry told the ABC in January consumers might have to turn to low-caffeine coffee.

"There's a market for low-caffeine coffee and, in fact, some of these (wild species) could be a way we produce naturally decaffeinated coffee," Professor Henry said.

"But for many coffee drinkers, that won't be satisfactory."

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