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.
News and knowledge
New coffee variety scores 90 points in Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition
WCR NewsDate: 5.23.17
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.
Breeding for climate change
WCR NewsDate: 4.10.17
WCR is part of a major European initiative to create new, high-performing hybrid coffee varieties specifically adapted for agroforestry. Agroforestry—growing coffee among shade trees—is essential for adapting coffee to climate change over the next two decades, but few coffee varieties perform well under shade. This new initiative will focus on creating new hybrid varieties specifically adapted to this sustainable production method.
Where to find us in Seattle
WCR NewsDate: 4.6.17
Will you be at the Global Coffee Expo in Seattle this month? So will we. Join us for a Think + Drink Happy Hour, featuring an exclusive tasting of new hybrid varieties; a panel discussion on coffee genebanks; and presentations of student work at the scientific poster session.
Starmaya—the future of coffee?
WCR NewsDate: 3.7.17
A new coffee variety called Starmaya may dramatically shift prospects for coffee producers in the years to come. Starmaya is the first variety of its kind: An F1 hybrid that is propagated by seed, rather than through costly biotechnology. What it could mean for coffee producers is widespread access to an elite class of varieties that could reshape the industry.