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Topic: Inside the race to produce a naturally low-caffeine bean (31 lines)
1) From: Pieter Sijbrandij
An interesting article in the Wall street journal gives some insights in the
search for a naturally low-caf bean. 
Growing a Better Decaf - Inside the race to produce a naturally low-caffeine
bean
 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122669958787129493.html
Though being a good read, it stirred quite a discussion amongst the pro`s
here in Brazil because of a factual misstatement at the end.
The writer suggests a supplier of Sweet Maria's is using germoplasma which
is under research by a renown research institute. It has to do with an
Ethiopian variety with a natural caffeine content of just 0.07% (Arabicas
normally are between 0.6% ans 1.2%). The institute states is did not provide
the genetic material to any company and abides by the confidentiality clause
as the research is funded with federal money. For full info (in portuguese)
seehttp://www.peabirus.com.br/redes/form/post?topico_id785
Anyway, it still is a very interesting read.
Pieter
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