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One of the oldest agricultural research centers in the world, the Agronomic Institute of Campinas (IAC) has had a remarkably powerful influence over the development of coffee in Brazil and,…

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Naturally dried forest coffee, south-west Ethiopia. Image Emily Garthwaite_Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

Wild Coffea Arabica is for the first time being classified as an endangered species. Worst yet, new research shows that 60 percent of wild coffee species are now under the threat…

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Coffea arabica has evolved dramatically over the course of history, rising from humble under-canopy trees growing wild in the forests of Keffa in western Ethiopia and South Sudan’s Boma Plateau…

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Longtime Kona, Hawaii-based coffee estate Greenwell Farms has publicly released an Arabica cultivar called Mamo, pitching it as a uniquely Hawaiian offering — one that’s found nowhere else in the…

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F1 Hybrid World Coffee Research

(Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Roast magazine in the article “Can Science Save Specialty Coffee? World Coffee Research Works Toward the Industry’s Long-Term Survival,”…

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Rwanda coffee breeding hub

The nonprofit World Coffee Research (WCR) and the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) have launched a Rwandan breeding hub, designed to benefit coffee producers throughout Africa in variety selection and access….

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Starmaya growing at ECOM's La Cumplida farm in Nicaragua. Photo courtesy of World Coffee Research.

A new F1 hybrid coffee variety called Starmaya may forever change the coffee breeding landscape by dramatically improving producers’ access to higher-yielding, disease-resistant and high-quality seeds, according to a recent announcement…

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by Kraig Kraft of CRS Coffeelands Blog Greek mythology is full of mythical beasts that are created from a fusion of two distinct entities. Some great examples are the centaur, a half-human, half horse warrior and the harpy, a bird of prey with a woman’s face and chest. These are extreme examples of hybrids – the offspring of two very […]

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