Japanese firm eyes alternative to Arabica coffee bean
As climate change may cause decline in the supply of high quality Arabica coffee bean, Japanese company Key Coffee Inc. said it is now looking for alternative coffee varieties.
“As the difference between the rainy and dry seasons is becoming unclear, and the amount of rain is getting unstable, our crops are vulnerable to damage,” said Masataka Nakano, deputy general manager of the roaster’s marketing division, in a Bloomberg report.
Because of this, Key Coffee Inc. has collaborated with World Coffee Research of Oregon and Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute to find alternative coffee varieties.
To be specific, the company wants to add new strains to the existing five varieties of Arabica trees on its farm so the quality and quantity will be maintained even under abnormal weather.
As of now, they are testing 35 varieties of Arabica trees in Indonesia, half of which were planted two years ago, to see which may be apt to grow in the highlands of Sulawesi where Key Coffee runs its own farm, the report further said.