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Coffea ambongensis

The giant beans of Coffea ambongensis are more than twice the size of those used in commercial coffee production.
Coffea ambongensis plant with fruit

Coffea ambongensis plant with fruit

Species information

Scientific name: 

Coffea ambongensis J.-F.Leroy ex A.P.Davis & Rakotonas

Common name: 

None.

Conservation status: 

Rated by IUCN as Endangered (EN).

Habitat: 

Littoral forest and scrub, seasonally dry and mostly deciduous; on white sand.

Key Uses: 

None known, although could have potential in commercial coffee production.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Gentianales
Family: 
Rubiaceae
Genus: Coffea

About this species

Coffea ambongensis and a further new species described by the Kew-Madagascar team, Coffea boinensis, have the world’s largest coffee beans, being more than twice the size of those of Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica), the main species used in the commercial production of coffee. No one yet knows what these beans taste like, but perhaps more importantly we do not yet know their potential for the future of coffee production.

Genus: 
Coffea

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