Coffee is facing a lot of challenges. Rains have become unpredictable, rising temperatures are making high-quality Arabica harder to grow, and low commodity prices (around $1 per pound) have made it economically unfeasible for farmers to grow the crop. According to Hanna Neuschwander, communications director for World Coffee Research, “The basic challenge is the supply chain itself.”  Some companies are focusing on technologies like blockchain, mobile payments and wireless weather stations as potential solutions. According to their proponents, these new technologies will help farmers grow better coffee, streamline their distribution and make more money.

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