As Frank Sinatra once sang, “They got a lot of coffee in Brazil”. However, the driest winter in two decades is threatening to drop next year’s crop yield by almost a third: Brazilian drought leaves coffee crop high and dry | – Houston Chronicle.

As the reality of global climate change sinks in, one also has to wonder if shifting weather patterns might result in worse and more frequent droughts — steering coffee farmers to produce more heat- and drought-resistant robusta beans. Not that I would call arabica beans an endangered species, but I can’t bear the thought of a post-apocalyptic world where the only coffee available is Yuban-in-a-can.

UPDATE: December 7, 2006
According to a Reuters story published today, supplies have apparently gotten so bad that Brazil is now planning to sell 30-year-old green coffee beans: Brazil plans to sell 30-year-old coffee beans | Oddly Enough | But don’t listen to what the Brazilian officials might say in the article — green coffee beans remain fresh for no more than 12-24 months when properly stored. Unless, of course, you’re roasting for Yuban-in-a-can.

UPDATE: April 11, 2007
Sure enough, more sources are noting how global warming will have seriously damaging impacts on the world’s coffee supplies: Global warming seen threat to coffee production | Environment | Reuters.