The curiosity in robusta has been on the rise amongst high-end and specialty espresso circles for years now. Arabica’s extra resilient sister species has been steadily gaining reputation as increasingly farmers look to heartier crops to fight the results of local weather change and now makes up 40% of world espresso manufacturing. However very similar to Arabica, not all robusta varieties are created equal. That’s why World Espresso Analysis has launched their first ever Robusta Selection Catalog. Obtainable in English and Spanish, the brand new RVC collects into one interactive web site data producers can to make use of decide which varieties they need to contemplate planting.
Introduced final week, the Robusta Selection Catalog works alongside WCR’s Arabica Selection Catalog first launched again in 2016. The RVC comes out of the gate with data on 47 totally different forms of C. Canephora of a number of origins, together with Brazil, India, Indonesia, Uganda, Mexico, and Vietnam. There’s data on every selection throughout over 20 totally different matrices, together with “yield potential, stature, bean measurement, vitamin necessities, lineage, susceptibility to pests/illnesses, and plenty of extra.”
“Since our founding over ten years in the past, WCR has labored to empower farmers by making instruments accessible to decide on the precise varieties for his or her farms and their markets—varieties that ship excessive yield and better-tasting espresso in the long run,” mentioned WCR’s Chief Government Officer Dr. Jennifer “Vern” Lengthy. “And, now that robusta contains 40% of the espresso produced and marketed globally, we noticed the necessity to help farmers by creating this instrument.”
With the Robusta Selection Catalog, WCR hopes to supply “direct data to allow farmers and different planting decision-makers to make an knowledgeable selection about what varieties will develop finest particularly environments.” Till now, there hasn’t been a lot in the way in which of a clear information to robusta varieties, making its farming—which requires a number of complimentary varieties with a view to pollinate—much more troublesome. The distinction between excessive and low yields could be a matter of selecting the correct clone varieties; over the course of the 20-30 yr lifecycle of the crops, choosing the proper varieties can have a long-term influence.
It’s robusta’s world, and we’re simply residing in it. And with World Espresso Analysis’s Robusta Selection Catalog, that world could also be sweeter than ever. For extra data, go to World Espresso Analysis’s official web site.
Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Community and a employees author primarily based in Dallas. Learn extra Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.