Nestlé plant scientists have created a new generation of low-carbon coffee varieties using traditional non-GMO breeding techniques that take advantage of the plant’s natural biodiversity. The two new Robusta varieties produce up to 50% higher yields per tree than regular varieties.
Since more coffee can be grown with the same amount of soil, fertiliser, and electricity, the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) footprint of green coffee beans can be reduced by up to 30%.“We were able to grow this new generation of low carbon and drought-resistant coffee plants thanks to the expertise of our plant scientists in selection and classical breeding, as well as by exploiting our rich range of coffee varieties,” says Stefan Palzer, Nestlé’s chief technology officer.
“As a result, we will make a big contribution to lowering CO2e emissions associated with coffee consumption. We’ll also make it possible for farmers in climate-change-affected areas to continue producing excellent coffee.” says Stefan Palzer, Nestlé’s chief technology officer.