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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What Is a Micro Lot in Specialty Coffee?

Over time, many terms have been created and adapted to meet the needs and expectations of the specialty coffee industry. One of these terms is micro lot, which is used by many members of the coffee industry to refer to small, exclusive, and traceable lots of coffee. However, there’s still some confusion as to what exactly defines the term. Over time, many terms have been created and adapted to meet the needs and expectations of the specialty coffee industry. One of these terms is micro lot, which is used by many members of the coffee industry to refer to small, exclusive, and traceable lots of coffee. However, there’s still some… Read More

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