Variety is the spice of life, but can it also be coffee's savior? World Coffee Research (WCR) hopes to find out, before it's too late.
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Few coffee drinkers have actually had the chance to compare different coffee varietals directly. Grand Rapids (and Washington, DC) roaster MadCap is looking to change that.
The jewel in the coffee crown might have an unromantic name, but its sparkle is unmistakable: today we'll chat about the SL-28 variety from Kenya.
Once, when an Arabica and a Robusta plant loved each other very much...they made a wacky interspecies hybrid on the island of Timor.
Bourbon isn't just for Old Fashioneds: It's also the name of one of the world's most popular coffee varieties. It has a figgy, pastry-like sweetness and gently balanced acidity.
The most striking thing about Geisha coffees is that they taste nothing like their Latin American counterparts.
Variety isn't just the spice of life: It's also one of the most beautiful and exciting things about coffee. In the next few columns, we'll be taking a closer look at some of the diversity that exists among coffee plants. We start where it all began, with the vast biodiversity of coffee plants in East Africa.
Would you like apples as much if every one was a Granny Smith? Part of what makes apples great is the number of varieties that exist—and the same goes for coffee.