In dense tropical forests in Sierra Leone, scientists have rediscovered a coffee species not seen in the wild in decades — a plant they say may help secure the future of this valuable commodity that has been imperilled by climate change.
The researchers said on Monday that the species, Coffea stenophylla, possesses greater tolerance for higher temperatures than the Arabica coffee, which makes up 56 per cent of global production, and the robusta coffee that makes up 43 per cent. The researchers found stenophylla coffee also had a superior flavour, similar to Arabica.
Scientists rediscover lost coffee species suited to a warmer climate
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