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Beyond the Gardens: The Forgotten Home of Coffee

30 July 2014

Coffee is one of the world's favourite drinks and one of the most important commercial crops. It's also the second most valuable international commodity.

This award-nominated film shows how scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are collaborating with scientists in Ethiopia (Arabica coffee originated from here) to understand how climate change is affecting wild Arabica coffee plants.

These wild plants provide the vital genetic diversity needed to sustain the global crop.


There are now 125 species of coffee, but we only use two of them to produce the drink we know and love; Robusta and Arabica. 

Arabica coffee is considered to produce the finest coffee beans, this plant comes from Ethiopia but has been transported and grown across the world. Now climate change alone could lead to the extinction of wild Arabica coffee (coffea arabica) well before the end of this century.


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