- In dense tropical forests in Sierra Leone, scientists have rediscovered a coffee species not seen in the wild in decades - a plant they say may help secure the future of this valuable commodity that has been imperiled by climate change.
- The researchers said that the species, called Coffea stenophylla, possesses greater tolerance for higher temperatures than the Arabica coffee, which makes up 56% of global production, and the robusta coffee that makes up 43%.
- The stenophylla coffee was demonstrated to have a superior flavor, similar to Arabica.
- Many farmers throughout the world's coffee-growing belt are already experiencing climate change's adverse effects, an acute concern for the multibillion-dollar industry.
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