The new strain of coffee has been found to tolerate warm temperatures © Getty Images
The new strain of coffee has been found to tolerate warm temperatures © Getty Images

New coffee species 'offers opportunity' for Sierra Leone farmers

22 April 2021

A rare species of coffee bean rediscovered in West Africa could prove to be the healthy dose of stimulants the coffee industry requires as climate change threatens yields.

Investigators from Kew Gardens in London, UK, rediscovered a rare and threatened species in Sierra Leone in 2018 after years of searching. They believe Coffea stenophylla has the right combination of flavour and hardiness to provide a shot in the arm for the industry.

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