Why El Niño Might Make Your Latte Cost More

Uganda be kidding me.

Meteorologists are raising their eyebrows at the El Niño currently underway in the tropical Pacific, saying it may be the strongest on record since the 1950s. But they’re not the only ones worried.

A Bloomberg Markets report Tuesday said that the news is also “making Starbucks nervous.”

That’s because El Niño, a weather event in which ocean surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific warm and cause all sorts of extremes, is often associated with serious shifts in temperature and precipitation. This year, scientists are predicting that it will bring about torrential rainfall and severe flooding in eastern Africa, affecting the continent’s largest coffee exporter, Uganda, along with other important producers in the region.

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