I start each morning with a cup of coffee brought to me in bed by my lovely husband. I have been known to indulge in a creamy syrup laden cuppa while out and about too (yes I’d like chocolate powder on top- why are you even asking?)

I have a nifty machine in my kitchen which will make the perfect expresso or machiatto. OK I confess. I love coffee – but I had never heard of coffee rust.

Millions of people in Central America reply on coffee production for an income and that income can be wiped out by this devastating fungus called coffee rust which is on the increase.

Scientists believe the rapid growth and geographical spread of the fungus is down to global warming. Crops are being wiped out which does not only affect the farmers but everyone involved in coffee production.

Oxfam told me about Pedro whose life and that of his family revolves round coffee.

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I’m a happily married 45 year old mum to 7 children aged 6-20. Yes we have a TV. I’m an Anglican Christian. Think Vicar of Dibley- that’s our Parish. I trained as a journalist back in the 80’s and worked in print journalism as a reporter and news editor for many years in both rural and city locations specialising in news and feature writing. I even won an award once! I’m not really a mommy blogger, not even sure what a lifestyle blog is although that’s what I mostly call my site. I was delighted to discover #Post40Bloggers - finally a place where experienced and energetic people can share knowledge, news and talent.