A coffee variety called Centroamericano, part of a new class of F1 hybrid varieties, has proven its quality potential by earning a score of 90 out of 100 points in the world’s leading competition and award for high quality coffees, the Cup of Excellence®, in Nicaragua. This is the first year that any F1 hybrid variety has placed in a Cup of Excellence® competition. World Coffee Research believes that F1 hybrids hold great promise to revolutionize the coffee industry through genetic progress, the way they did for maize in the last century and is pursuing the creation of new F1 hybrid varieties in Central America and Africa.
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New coffee variety scores 90 points in Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition
WCR NewsDate: 5.23.17
Coffee's Fate Is Getting Jittery as Climate Change Puts Growing Areas at Risk
If global warming continues at its current pace, growing the beans in coffee-proud Puerto Rico could be impossible in as little as 50 years, a new study says.
Coffee leaf rust resistant coffee variety overcome in Honduras
WCR NewsDate: 5.12.17
May 12, 2017. At a gathering of coffee technical experts from across Central America today, World Coffee Research confirmed that a coffee variety in Honduras, widely planted across the country because of if its resistance to coffee leaf rust, is no longer resistant to the disease.
The Scientists Fighting to Save Us From a World Without Coffee
PressDate: 5.11.17Publisher: Bloomberg
While Washington debates whether climate change is a hoax or an imminent threat, the world coffee industry is not waiting for the American government to take action to protect its business. Coffee crops are under siege from deforestation, abnormally high temperatures, a lack of precipitation, and disease. The global market is heading for its fourth straight year of deficit, according to estimates from Rabobank International. At the same time, global demand for the beloved beverage is expected to reach an all-time high this year, led by demand from younger American consumers. Production will need to increase at least 50 percent by the middle of this century to keep pace with the demand, says Conservation International, an environmental organization. T
PressDate: 4.21.17Publisher: Fresh Cup Magazine
With coffee’s genetic resources being lost at a rapid pace, a new strategy aims to unite the industry to preserve this precious material. As World Coffee Research Executive Director Tim Schilling puts it, “We have to step up and take control of the genetic resources that dictate the limits and open the possibilities for the future of our industry.”