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This age of open coffee science is not only amazing and inspiring, it’s necessary. The changing climate—itself caused by human energy use—is threatening coffee in its natural habitat and making it more challenging to cultivate . Outbreaks of diseases like coffee rust and pests like the coffee borer are increasingly common and confront farmers with crop loss, debt, and poverty . Our understanding of coffee genetics and history has forced the realization that coffee’s genetic diversity is unsustainably narrow, leaving our precious Arabica at tremendous risk . In many places farmers are forced to choose between unproductive coffee cultivars and ones with a reputation for questionable cup quality. Other farmers are faced with shrinking water resources, and need more drought-resistant coffee cultivars, or more water-conscious processing methods. Science can help with all of the...

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