‘Coffee rust’ killing off coffee crops

Guatemala Coffee Rust
A small coffee producer Hector Perez shows coffee beans that have been damaged by the roya fungus in San Gaspar Vivar, Guatemala, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina has declared a national emergency over the spread coffee rust, a fungus that is affecting 70 percent of that country's crop. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s a consumer alert that could affect that morning cup of coffee.

Roya” or coffee rust is affecting crops of coffee beans growing in Latin America, from Peru to Mexico.

It’s a kind of fungus that starts in the leaves and eventually kills the trees.

Findings of this rust blight are growing. Experts said more than 30 percent of the crop is already gone.

“Next year they are saying 50 percent will be gone,” Rogers Family Coffee Co. President Jon Rogers told CBS Monday.

In Guatemala, the fungus is affecting 70 percent of that country’s crop, according to Associated Press reports. Earlier this year Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina declared a national emergency over the spread of the rust.

Additionally, some say the disease eventually will change the taste of coffee. However, experts said those using cream and sugar in their coffee may not taste the difference.

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