The Last Wild Coffee Forests

Coffee may be found almost anywhere. It’s in espressos and cappuccinos, as well as Nescafé pods and packs. It can be found in small-town petrol stations as well as big-city cafés. It can be found on every continent. Caffeine, usually in the form of tea or coffee, is consumed by 90% of the world’s population in the morning.

All of the coffee can be traced back to a single location: Ethiopian forest patches. These coffee-growing woods, which are harvested by humans but also loved by birds and baboons, are so small that they would appear as dots on a globe if circled.

However, I should be more specific. These forests produced only Arabica coffee, which is regarded to be the best type of coffee. Many people prefer the less expensive, easier-to-grow Robusta variety, although Arabica is the variety found in most coffee shops and at higher rates. And it can’t be seen growing wild anywhere else.

Arabica coffee is presently grown in Latin America, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia. The origin of the coffee tree, on the other hand, is no idle curiosity. These forests hold the key to every new and enhanced Arabica coffee variety. They may vanish totally within 60 years as the earth warms.

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