Still hope for caffeine in a warming climate

Still hope for caffeine in a warming climate

Man wearing a hat and drinking a cup of coffee

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Scientists have rediscovered a wild variety of coffee in Sierra Leone that could be key to keeping humanity caffeinated in a world heated by climate change.

As temperatures rise around the world, the territory in which coffee can be cultivated is shrinking, with research indicating global production of Arabica coffee could be cut in half in the next 30 years. The rediscovered species, called Coffea stenophylla, can grow at much warmer temperatures and crucially, it tastes good too!

“Being somebody who’s tasted a lot of wild coffees they’re not great, they don’t taste like Arabica so our expectations were pretty low,” botanist Aaron Davis told BBC News. “And we were completely blown away by the fact that this coffee tasted amazing.”

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