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This is one of the funniest conversations I've ever read on this site.
I bought a car! Lil bb 5dr Impreza (WanderingEng) and I love it so far. It's going to be very nice for getting me to/from work, and to/from mountains and a bit more rugged areas.
To help subsidize this, and to deal with the fact that I will be gone for large chunks of the summer, I'm moving to a less desirable area, but with two people I know, for very little money each month. Planning on this for the next 9-ish months, and then revisiting at that point. Likely to move into a studio after this endeavor.
THE THING I REALLY WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
This past Friday for work I ended up going to the Global Specialty Coffee Expo, and had an amazing time. Went up to the convention center in Seattle, and entered this crazy busy and high-flying world of the coffee industry. One lecture on Agroforestry, one on Roasting Automation, and probably 60 ounces of coffee were drank from various roasters and companies. Got some great knowledge out of it from talking to some of our equipment manufacturers, as well. The more fun part, though, was the after-parties. If you're good enough at talking to people you get to go to after-parties. Which means I spent my evening drinking with the Arbor Day Foundation at Speakeasy, and then in this crazy industrial art studio near the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, and now have an open invite to Papau New Guinea. So that's kind of cool. Giving me a lot of thoughts about the Coffee Industry and what kind of role I actually want to have in it in the future. Yikes.
My intuition is that a coffee farmer in Brazil makes a helluva lot less than a cattle rancher in Brazil. Having difficulty finding financial figures that are reliable, though. If that's the case, that's my point, that a coffee trade industry sure as hell wouldn't be able to convince farmers to switch to a crop that will make them less money.
While you're not wrong, this is an industry association talking about it's own industry. Beef and cattle absolutely are drivers of climate change, but what kind of influence can the coffee industry have over that? There is such a massive cultural shift that would have to occur to move away from red meat (hi, vegetarian here who gave up all meat because of reasons you've linked to).
So, yes, it's very much a "here's how we can contribute in a small way when compared to the leading drivers, and in a large way within our own industry".
I have a coworker or two considering getting their R Grader because of that.
We'll see, WCR is doing a ton of work on Arabica varietals, hopefully they'll have some new generation plants ready before the industry is too adversely affected.
Very much looking forward to finally meeting you!
Stop by Seattle and I'll buy you a beer. Maybe kleinbl00 and co. will be around.