Coffee rust, also called coffee leaf rust, is a devastating foliar disease of coffee plants caused by the fungus Hemileia Vastatrix. Long known in coffee-growing areas of Africa, the Near East, India, Asia, and Australasia, coffee rust was discovered in 1970 to be widespread in Brazil, the first known infected area in the Western Hemisphere. Coffee rust destroyed the once-flourishing coffee plantations of Sri Lanka and Java in the late 1800s, and an epidemic in Central America and the Caribbean has decimated numerous plantations in the region since 2012.
Stone Temple Coffees is dedicated to educating the general public on the worldwide coffee plant epidemic, 'CLR' or Coffee Leaf Rust and provide sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to help farmers combat the disease.CLR has direct and indirect economic impacts on the coffee industry including decreased quantity and quality of yield and increased costs to consumers and producers to combat and control the disease.
Methods of combating and controlling the disease have included fungicide application and stumping diseased plants and replacing them with resistant breeds. Both methods include significant labor and material costs and in the case of stumping, include a years-long decline in production (coffee seedlings are not fully productive for three to five years after planting).
It is our goal to work with the Central American governments in order to replace harmful fungicides that are now considered obsolete in today's eco-farming practices. We are here to provide a product that combats CLR and provides a cure to several other deficiencies, such as drought, that plants suffer from in harsh weather conditions.
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