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In this week’s episode of Unpacking Coffee, Kandace and Ray check in with decorated coffee professional Andy Sprenger to discuss the latest goings on with his Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters of…

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In Costa Rica, CATIE is one of the most robust coffee gene banks in the world, with more than 900 genetic varieties. However, because many of the plants had reached an advanced age, the bank lost 750 plants over a three-year period in the 1990s. There are approximately 19 coffee gene banks in the world, in addition to wild Ethiopian coffee in forests.

From a biological perspective, there are two major factors at play threatening the world’s long-term supply of coffee: climate change and coffee’s lack of genetic diversity in response. Climate experts…

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