Climate Change Has Repercussions for Coffee and Cocoa


As temperatures heat up across central America, low-lying growing regions which were once ideal for coffee are quickly becoming too warm, at least to grow the kind of quality coffee that is increasingly demanded by consumers. Many farmers in the region are feeling these effects while still trying to recover from a devastating outbreak of roya over the past four years, a disease that affects coffee leaves and is likely also driven by climate change.

Some growers have decided to cut their losses rather than bearing the increased costs of production and are switching to cocoa, which thrives in warmer climates. For many, the decision is a no-brainer, since cocoa futures have increased steadily for the past four years while coffee dropped 24% in 2015. For now, this increased supply won’t do much to ease the fears of chocolate giants like Hershey and Mars, since the farmers switching are mostly aiming to produce higher quality product at lower volumes. Craft chocolate makers can get excited though – in the next few years, it looks like coffee’s loss will be cocoa’s gain.

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UberEats Launches in Ten Cities


New York, along with 9 other major American cities, can soon benefit from Uber’s extensive network of drivers to satisfy their lunchtime munchies in record time. The company is finally launching UberEats, which they hope will ultimately compete with Grubhub and Seamless, although their existing ten-minute lunch delivery still has a very small user base. New York, Chicago, L.A., San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. should all be able to use UberEats by March.

Drivers will be able to opt in to or out of the new program if they prefer not to mix hot foods and New York gridlock, but Uber is charging a flat delivery fee of $5 to encourage more drivers to participate. And true to the sharing-economy, there will also be an UberPool version which allows users to pay only $1 and have their food delivered with other orders in the area. With more and more food delivery companies joining the fray, each will have to work harder to stand out – the promised shorter delivery times Uber offers could go a long way towards doing that, especially with Grubhub and Seamless averaging over 45 minutes.

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