Seven New Wild Coffee Speceis Found in Madagascar

December 23, 2009 · Filed Under Coffee, Coffee Farms, Coffee Industry, News, Texas Coffee People 

Kew Gardens finds seven wild species of coffee

The discovery, in Madagascar, is good news for coffee drinkers as climate change and habitat loss is threatening an estimated 70% of global crops.

These species of coffee are seven of 290 new plants discovered by these botanists this year.  Apparently, they also “discovered” 200 species of yam that are known to cure cancer by locals in South Africa.  (yes.. It was already known to cure cancer, yet they are a new species discovery.. and they haven’t been learning to grow them around the world, apparently.  Why not!)

I wish there were more information about these coffee species.  There is so much research performed in coffee farming every year in various parts of the world, and it would be interesting to see what could be learned, if much at all, from these species found on a remote island off the east coast of Africa.

All vanilla in the world originates in Madagascar.  Cacao is a regular crop there.  It is a tropical region, and if we have coffees coming from about every island in Indonesia, I suppose it would make sense that coffee could live there.

Jason Haeger (347 Posts)

Jason is utterly obsessed with coffee, and is the founder and editor of TX-Coffee.com. He is available for consulting and barista training at EspressoTrainer.com. He is also the founder and owner of AJ Coffee Company in Dallas, TX. His favorite brew method changes as often as his favorite coffee: daily. If you are interested in contributing to this website, he would love to hear from you!


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One Response to “Seven New Wild Coffee Speceis Found in Madagascar”

  1. Eliot on December 27th, 2009 9:06 pm

    That’s quite cool to hear about new species being found. I wonder if anyone has made a hot cup of coffee from them yet? :)

    “All vanilla in the world originates in Madagascar. ” Except, of course, all the vanilla native to Mexico.

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