The Wall Street Journal featured a story by Miguel Bustillo and Solomon Moore on the recent World Coffee Research Germplasm expedition to South Sudan. Read the following excerpt from the story and follow the link at the end to the read full article on the WSJ website.
“BOMA, South Sudan—Tim Schilling trudged through the African wilderness, trailing a barefoot tribeswoman named Nyameron.
A sort of Indiana Jones of coffee, Mr. Schilling, 59 years old, was seeking wild strains of coffea Arabica, the fragrant beans used to make most of the world’s lattes and cappuccinos. The Texas A&M University agronomist heads World Coffee Research, a nonprofit financed by Folgers coffee maker J.M. Smucker Co., Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc. and others.
The group’s goal is to expand the global coffee crop’s tiny gene pool. But after four days of hiking on this plateau west of Ethiopia, Mr. Schilling’s 15-member expedition—which included a coffee taxonomist, a Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. executive, agriculture students and hired porters—still hadn’t found any specimens that seemed new. They were hoping that Nyameron, a wild-coffee connoisseur they had met through a Murle tribal chief, could help.”
World Coffee Research: the 501 (c)(5) non-profit, collaborative research and development program of the global coffee industry to grow, protect, and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it. The program is funded and driven by the global coffee industry, guided by producers, executed by coffee scientists around the world, and managed by the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture of the Texas A&M University System. Visit WorldCoffeeResearch.org for more information.