A Single ‘Super Parent’ Plant Birthed All of Arabica, Research Finds

A Bourbon variety coffee plant can be traced back thousands of years to a single ‘super parent’ plant, according to new research. When one coffee plant loves another coffee plant… Research first made available this morning has given that age-old story a whole lot more context, at least in the coffee world. It seems all of arabica coffee (Coffea arabica) species can be traced back to one single plant, a “super parent” that came from a speciation event between two other coffee species — Canephora, a.k.a. robusta, and Eugenioides.  That fortuitous event, a beautiful and spontaneous coupling, happened between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago, according to the new study, which resulted from a… Read More

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