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I visited an offbeat coffee-making hotspot that could save the industry — here's what it was like

Business Insider Logo By Erin Brodwin of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 20: <p>On a recent tour of the Costa Rican coffee farm where he volunteers as a tour guide, Felix Salazar poured out a cup of the inky, aromatic brew and asked me to wait for what he called "the bite."</p><p> Within seconds after I took a sip, the coffee's initial sweet flavor gave way to a deeper, tangy taste that left me wanting more.</p><p> I'm not alone. Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and its active ingredient - caffeine - is currently the <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/health-benefits-of-caffeine-2015-6?utm_source=msn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=msn-slideshow&utm_campaign=bodyurl"> most popular psychoactive drug</a> on the planet.</p><p> But coffee is in trouble.</p><p> According to a <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/coffee-shortage-climate-change-2016-8?utm_source=msn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=msn-slideshow&utm_campaign=bodyurl"> new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, the world's largest coffee-producing regions could shrink by as much as 88% by 2050 as a result of climate change. The study is the first of its kind to look at how bees - key coffee crop pollinators - will be impacted by a warmer planet.</p><p> While the vast majority of coffee-making hotspots in South America will be decimated by climate change, some countries may be spared, according to the new analysis. One of those countries is Costa Rica. Here's what it's like to make coffee in the country.</p>

On a recent tour of the Costa Rican coffee farm where he volunteers as a tour guide, Felix Salazar poured out a cup of the inky, aromatic brew and asked me to wait for what he called "the bite."

Within seconds after I took a sip, the coffee's initial sweet flavor gave way to a deeper, tangy taste that left me wanting more.

I'm not alone. Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and its active ingredient - caffeine - is currently the most popular psychoactive drug on the planet.

But coffee is in trouble.

According to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the world's largest coffee-producing regions could shrink by as much as 88% by 2050 as a result of climate change. The study is the first of its kind to look at how bees - key coffee crop pollinators - will be impacted by a warmer planet.

While the vast majority of coffee-making hotspots in South America will be decimated by climate change, some countries may be spared, according to the new analysis. One of those countries is Costa Rica. Here's what it's like to make coffee in the country.

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