Previously unknown coffee species discovered

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Previously unknown coffee species discovered

Postby bruceb » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:10 pm

According to the Beeb seven new species of coffee have been discovered in the mountains of northern Madagascar. Among them is Coffea ambongensis which has huge beans, much bigger than even the Maragogypes.

Now if we could just get those fossas of Dr. Chris' avatar fame to specialise in eating lemurs that eat those huge beans we could ridicule all previous versions of Kopi Luwak. Instead of double-roasted beans we'd have double digested beans! Superb.

BTW, I recently saw a coffee mug with a lemur on it and the words, "What do you mean we're out of coffee?!" Nice. 8)
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RE: Previously unknown coffee species discovered

Postby CakeBoy » Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:19 pm

Great, and we can buy fresh roasted beans by the slice too! :P
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RE: Previously unknown coffee species discovered

Postby kingseven » Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:14 am

Don't they discover that many in Madagascar each year? I remember reading a few things in the past about coffee species in Madagascar, and the ridiculous number of new strains there. On a side note - Liberica has massive beans - this photo from Sweet Marias gives some idea.
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RE: Previously unknown coffee species discovered

Postby Tristan » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:11 pm

Yeh i've picked liberica, they are massive.
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Postby JulieJayne » Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:36 pm

The story comes from Kew Gardens. They also found this Coffea pterocarpa with wings!
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