Category Archives: #WCRMembers

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters sourcing solutions

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has been an active player in addressing the recent rust crisis in Latin America, but as Lindsey Bolger tells Global Coffee Review, the company must also protect its own supplies in times such as this. As the person in charge of sourcing strategies for the largest sellers of specialty coffee in the US, Lindsey Bolger makes it her business to anticipate potential supply problems. However, while the Vice President of Coffee Sourcing and Excellence for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) has spent more than… Read More →

2012-2013 Annual Report now available

The 2012-2013 Annual Report is at press and soon will be mailed out. Until that time, an electronic version is available. WCR activities, projects, and milestones are fully detailed. If you would like to request a printed copy of the WCR Annual Report, please fill out the request form.  

WCR publishes Spanish, English final reports on First International Coffee Rust Summit

                  Click the images above to be redirected to English and Spanish versions of the final report detailing findings and outlining resolutions produced by the First International Coffee Rust Summit in Guatemala City mid-April 2013. The Summit, funded by Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, R&G Coffee, ECOM, ANACAFE and USAID was held by World Coffee Research and Promecafe in April at ANACAFE in Guatemala City as a response to the coffee rust epidemic that has devastated Central America since harvests began… Read More →

World Coffee Research proudly welcomes Illycafè

  World Coffee Research inks illy to its expanding list of industry-leading members World Coffee Research is proud to announce that Illycafe has become one of our newest members on 23 June 2013 at a signing in Nice, France and are joining a growing list of coffee industry leaders to support research and development that will increase supplies of quality coffee, benefitting producers and consumers. Illycafe Coffee sources high quality Arabica bean coffees from all over the world and uniquely roasts them on a daily basis in their… Read More →

In the Press: The Wall Street Journal Features #WCRGermplasm Expedition in South Sudan

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. Read More →

Dunn Bros Coffee Joins World Coffee Research

World Coffee Research is proud to announce that Dunn Bros Coffee has become on of our newest members. Dunn Bros joins a growing list of coffee industry leaders to support research and development that will increase supplies of quality coffee, benefitting producers and consumers. Read More →

In the Press: Wild Arabica species, The genetic key to a sustainable coffee industry

A World Coffee Research expedition to South Sudan turned into a rescue mission for wild Arabica, with evidence that climate change may see these forests disappear in our lifetime. A.S. Thomas’s 1942 entry into the Empire Journal of Experimental Agriculture is a reminder of times gone by. In an account of his exploration of the Boma Plateau, Sudan, to search for wild Arabica (Coffea arabica), Thomas refers to neighbouring “Abyssinia”, the historical name that included Ethiopia, as well as the then colonial “Anglo-Egyptian Sudan”. Read More →

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Joins WCR

World Coffee Research (WCR), announces that they are the recipient of a five-year, $2.5 million grant from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers. WCR is the non-profit, collaborative research and development program of the global coffee industry and is managed by the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture of the Texas A&M University System. The grant will help support WCR’s mission to sustainably grow the Arabica coffee supply chain and improve coffee farmer livelihoods through collaborative agricultural research and development. World Coffee Research will conduct research projects with partners around the world to protect and improve coffee productivity against the effects of climate change and other threats. Read More →

Emma Bladyka Writes About South Sudan WCR Expedition

It was the tail end of the dry season in South Sudan. Our base camp, located in the small village of Jonglei, was dusty and despite being at 1100 meters elevation, was well above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I had just hiked up all 1100 of these meters, much of which were unshaded, with only the water I could carry. Small huts made of mud and straw sat in the shade of large, broad leaved trees. There was a loud thump next to me and when I looked down I discovered a blushing yellow-green mango. The village was full of mango trees (or maybe, the mango grove was full of village). Read More →

WCR Team Finds Wild Arabica Coffee in South Sudanese Forest

This past April, a team of experts representing World Coffee Research traveled to the Boma Plateau in South Sudan on a germplasm collection expedition through the forest. The plateau sits across a valley from Ethiopia, considered the origin of the Arabica coffee species. Traveling through the forest, the World Coffee Research team was on a mission to find and collect wild Arabica coffee. The last time a researcher had done a similar trip was back in the 1940s when botanist Dr. A.S. Thomas recorded his observations of a much different Boma forest than what the WCR team found— a forest that was yet unscathed by a changing global climate where healthy Arabica coffee trees grew wild. Read More →