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  • Starmaya—the future of coffee?

    WCR News

    Date: 2.20.17
    Starmaya

    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.

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  • open access

    This week, two major academic papers in coffee sensory science were published in open-access, peer-reviewed journals. The first describes the creation of the World Coffee Research Sensory Lexicon by a team of sensory scientists at Kansas State University and Texas A&M. The second describes how the work from the lexicon was adapted by researchers at UC Davis and the Specialty Coffee Association of America to create a new version of the Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel, the first time the iconic wheel has been based on the work of expert scientists.

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  • Christian Bunn ASIC

    At the biannual International Conference on Coffee Science, held this year in China's Yunnan province, the world's top coffee researchers gathered to share their recent findings. World Coffee Research was there presenting three papers, on coffee's genetic diversity, climate change, and the relationship between coffee leaf rust and quality.

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  • Tim Schilling World Coffee Leaders Forum

    In a plenary session at the World Coffee Leader's Forum in Korea, Tim Schilling tackles one of the biggest questions facing the coffee industry.

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  • A new center for coffee research in Texas

    WCR News

    Date: 9.1.16
    Publisher: AgriLife Today
    Texas A&M greenhouse building

    Texas A&M University administrators and researchers are stepping up efforts to protect a worldwide multibillion dollar-a-year industry. In response to challenges facing coffee, including diseases, narrow genetic diversity, climate change and an ever-increasing global demand, the Texas A&M University Board of Regents voted on Sept. 1 to create the premier scientific center in the world dedicated to the advancement of research and development to improve the quality and sustainability. The new center would be a key partner of World Coffee Research.

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