2009 is turning out to be a bumper year with the British Botanical gardens discovering 2 new wild coffee plants.
According to the BBC:
Seven wild coffee species also feature on the list of new species, most of which were discovered in the mountains of northern Madagascar.
Two of the plants – Coffea ambongensis and Coffea boinensis – have the largest seeds of any coffee species, whose “beans” are more than twice the size of Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica), the main species used in commercial coffee production.
“Coffee is the world’s second most traded commodity, after oil, with at least 25 million farming families dependent on its production for their livelihoods,” explained RBG Kew’s coffee expert Aaron Davis.
“Yet, we still have much to learn about its wild relatives.”
This is awesome as so much coffee is under cultivation to discover two new varieties will certainly change the future of Gourmet Coffee.