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Pictured above: Roya, or coffee leaf rust, on the leaf of a coffee plant in Guatemala.

During a trip to origin this past February, we witnessed the devastating Roya disease affecting the coffee crops in Central America, including Guatemala.  Roya, or coffee leaf rust, is a parasitic fungus that deprives the coffee plant of nutrients which results in the plant losing its' leaves.   Without foliage the plant is unable to breathe, ceasing to produce fruit and eventually dies. 1

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Blog post is written by Amanda Crossland, Product Manager for BUNN Home Products

I recently had the opportunity to tour Los Pastores coffee farm in Guatemala and see the devastation of coffee rust or Roya first hand.  Roya is a parasitic leaf fungus that deprives the coffee plant of nutrients.  Farmers in Guatemala are facing difficult choices that will impact production for years to come. 

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