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Unfortunately for the environment, coffee cultivation has led to widespread
forest clearance aroud the world, and to the exhaustion of fragile soils.
Because coffee plants are highly susceptible to certain pests and are grown
in single crop 'monocultures' considerable quantities of chemicals have to
be sprayed on them. Coffee - washing plants produce extraordinarily strong
effluents, which pollute rivers in many countries. And the energy used in
roasting, grinding and processing coffee is prodigious. It is a good idea
to buy your coffee from an organisation who cuts out the middleman and puts
more money in the hands of the grower.