Photo essay: Demand-led breeding—a learning journey
Connecting coffee scientists with roasters and breeders of other crops
In April, World Coffee Research (WCR) hosted coffee breeders and other partners from Kenya, Costa Rica, Honduras, and the Philippines for a whirlwind learning journey across Oregon and Washington to explore how other crops, including the blueberry and hazelnut industry, organize their breeding programs. The tour also included opportunities to hear from coffee roasting companies about how they source coffees from around the world, develop new products, and work to control quality.
WCR works to strengthen the coffee breeding research community by sharing technical information and best practices developed in other crops. This includes shifting to demand-led breeding approaches that incorporate both farmer and roaster needs.
The tour followed the 2023 Specialty Coffee Association Expo, which took place in Portland, Oregon, and included visits to Fall Creek Blueberries outside Eugene, Oregon; the Oregon State University Hazelnut Breeding Program in Corvallis, Oregon; Cameron Winery in Dundee, Oregon; and three coffee roasteries: Dancing Goats Coffee in Olympia, Washington; Fulcrum Coffee and Starbucks in Seattle, Washington.
Elijah Gichuru, KALRO (Kenya)
James Gimase, KALRO (Kenya)
Carlos Acuna, ICAFE (Costa Rica)
TJ Ryan, ACDI/VOCA PhilCAFE Project (Philippines)
Thelonious Trimmell, ACDI/VOCA (Portland)
Ron Yu, PhilCAFE Project (Philippines)
Gilda B. Palima, PhilCAFE Project (Philippines)
Anatista Perez, PhilCAFE Project (Philippines)
Felicitas B. Pantoja, PhilCAFE Project (Philippines)
Lendilou F. Loon, PhilCAFE Project (Philippines)
Jeannelle Ellson, PhilCAFE Project (Philippines)
Mel Garcia, PhilCAFE Project (Philippines)
Juan Rafael López Dubom, ACDI/VOCA Farms Program (Honduras)
Hanna Neuschwander, World Coffee Research (USA)
Kraig Kraft, World Coffee Research (USA)
Tania Humphrey, World Coffee Research (Canada)
Catherine Maina, World Coffee Research (Kenya)
Throughout the trip, WCR's Director of Communications and Strategy Hanna Neuschwander, was able to capture the group's experience.