Mutant disease threatens Guatemala's coffee crop
A mutant strain of one of the world’s most devastating coffee diseases is attacking crops in Guatemala, putting farmers on high alert for a wider outbreak across Central America.
It is a big worry for gourmet coffee roasters who rely on arabica coffee grown in the mountains or on slopes of steep volcanoes.
Together, Central America and Mexico produce around a fifth of the world’s arabica.
Nearly 40 per cent of Guatemala’s roughly 677,000 acres of planted coffee land has been affected by the disease, stated Anacafé, Guatemala's coffee growers' association.