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Tea-growing South China may soon gain renown for another beverage, Hu Yongqi reports in Pu'er, Yunnan. More than 30 years ago, Shi Youfu grew weary of growing rice and corn in his fields. Although he was a hard worker, the farmer was unable to change
Coffee is a commodity traded legally the most valuable in the world. We love it, we rely on it and we drink it in large quantities. It is estimated that the coffee cups 2250000000 are consumed each day worldwide. New Yorkers told to drink seven
The researchers believe the leaves of the Coffea genus have been overlooked because of the high value placed on its seeds, the coffee beans, which contain far fewer beneficial compounds. Researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, and
According to a British study, 90% of horticulturalists enjoy going to work. Research by City & Guilds found nine out of ten horticulturalists were happy in their job with 80 per cent saying it was because they were able to manage their own workload
Its cultivation and widespread consumption dates from the 1400s when the Yemeni grew and traded beans with their Arab and Persian neighbors. But for centuries before that, the beans were chewed by travelers on long journeys in Northern Africa. Native
Climate change threat to Arabica coffee crops Wild Arabica is important because crops grown in plantations have limited genetic diversity Climate change could severely reduce the areas suitable for wild Arabica coffee before the end of the century.
7 November 2012 Caffeine addicts of the future may need to find a new pick-me-up because scientists fear that wild coffee plants could become extinct within 70 years. Changes in climate, coupled with loss of forests and invasive pests could wipe out
Ethiopia is regarded as arabica coffee's birthplace, but while the country's high-quality coffee has made it to the gourmet shelves of major coffee houses around the world, many of its growers remain poor. Ethiopian coffee cooperatives have gained
The "know your farmer" concept may soon apply to the folks growing your coffee, too. Increasingly, specialty roasters are working directly with coffee growers around the world to produce coffees as varied in taste as wines. And how are roasters
Poor arithmetic skills often lead shoppers to make bad choices, researchers at the University of Miami say. Researchers from the university's school of business tracked 600 consumers during the two-year study, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.