The Wall Street Journal featured a story by Miguel Bustillo and Solomon Moore on the recent World Coffee Research Germplasm expedition to South Sudan. Read the following excerpt from the story and follow the link at the end to the read full article on the WSJ website.
“BOMA, South Sudan—Tim Schilling trudged through the African wilderness, trailing a barefoot tribeswoman named Nyameron.
A sort of Indiana Jones of coffee, Mr. Schilling, 59 years old, was seeking wild strains of coffea Arabica, the fragrant beans used to make most of the world’s lattes and cappuccinos. The Texas A&M University agronomist heads World Coffee Research, a nonprofit financed by Folgers coffee maker J.M. Smucker Co., Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc. and others.
The group’s goal is to expand the global coffee crop’s tiny gene pool. But after four days of hiking on this plateau west of Ethiopia, Mr. Schilling’s 15-member expedition—which included a coffee taxonomist, a Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. executive, agriculture students and hired porters—still hadn’t found any specimens that seemed new. They were hoping that Nyameron, a wild-coffee connoisseur they had met through a Murle tribal chief, could help.”
WCR thanks our our Members and Partners for supporting the #WCRGermplasm Project and this expedition to South Sudan. Special thanks to Solomon Moore for accompanying our team through the Boma Forest and to Miguel Bustillo for contributing to the story. This expedition was supported in-field by staff of the JG-MUST: A Consortium for Development project funded by the American People through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).