Wednesday, July 28, 2021

High hopes, keen interest as new coffee plant discovered in Sierra Leone

By:Jenna LE BRAS|François HUME-FERKATADJI

In Sierra Leone, a team of researchers and agronomists have found traces of a wild coffee known as Coffea stenophylla. Farmed until the beginning of the 20th century, it used to be served to European high society.

But due to its scarcity, it was gradually replaced by arabica and robusta strains. Forgotten by farmers, Coffea stenophylla was thought to have completely disappeared by 1954.

The new find has generated much excitement in Sierra Leone because of its potential to revolutionise the global coffee sector. Our team reports.

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