[Homeroast] Good article in the Financial Times this morning on the fungus that's affecting coffee in Central America

Frank Parth fparth at me.com
Mon Jul 15 10:52:43 CDT 2013

Up to 74% of the coffee in El Salvador is infected


A short except:

Angel Molina is fighting to save his way of life. In the hills of Sierra de Montecillos in Honduras, his 15 hectare coffee plantation has been hit by a virulent coffee plant fungus, known as la roya, or leaf rust, with devastating effects.

Mr Molina has been dealing with la roya by the most effective means: uprooting the bushes and planting new ones that will not yield coffee beans for at least three years. He is not alone. According to the Inter-American Development Bank, the Central American region is suffering the “severest outbreak” of the past 30 years.

Frank Parth

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