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Topic: Naturally decaffeinated beans (4 msgs / 153 lines)
1) From: Frank Parth
I found this on the list of 10 new species discovered last year.
Charrier Coffee. or Coffea charrieriana, is a "new caffeine-free coffee from Cameroon, the first record of a 
caffeine-free species from central Africa...In this case the new species could be used for breeding of naturally 
decaffeinated beans," according to ASU.
The picture of it is here:http://news.cnet.com/2300-11386_3-10000920-9.html?tag=mncolFrank
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2) From: Sandy Andina
the proof will be in the cupping---has to taste good.
On May 24, 2009, at 9:30 AM, Frank Parth wrote:
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Peace & song,
Sandy
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3) From: sci
As much as I'd like some caffeine free coffee, I'm skeptical of these decaf
beans. Here's why. Caffeine, despite its stigma,  is a naturally occurring
compound that nature has supplied to do something, namely, deter insects
from eating the plant. More caffeine, fewer bugs. Robusta trees makes lots
of coffee, in part, because they make lots of caffeine.
What would happen if genetically alter a coffee tree to produce no caffeine,
and thus, less ability to deter insects? Hmmm... Insects eat coffee, and
less coffee crop means less sustainable crop. Well how can we rid those
bugs?? Spray 'em down with more man-made insecticide.
Maybe there's a better way, but I don't care for more man-made insecticides.
Ivan
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Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 14:45:12 -0500
From: Sandy Andina 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 14:45:12 -0500
From: Sandy Andina 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Naturally decaffeinated beans
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the proof will be in the cupping---has to taste good.
On May 24, 2009, at 9:30 AM, Frank Parth wrote:
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the proof will be in the cupping---has to taste good.
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4) From: Andy Thomas
Right, but caffiene is not the only strategy that plants have devised to re=
pel pests. Maybe the newly discovered coffee species has some other insect =
repellent. In any case, unless Coffea charrieriana happens to yield a comme=
rcially viable cup -- unlikely -- it will have to be used to develop a comm=
ercial decaf coffee either by conventional crossing or by gene splicing or =
whatever other genetic manipulations are used. In the former case, it will =
take a long time to develop. In the latter, it will take time to be accepte=
d by growers and us, the coffee-buying public.
Andy
From: sci 
To: homeroast
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:08:35 AM
Subject: [Homeroast] Naturally decaffeinated beans
As much as I'd like some caffeine free coffee, I'm skeptical of these decaf
beans. Here's why. Caffeine, despite its stigma,  is a naturally occurring
compound that nature has supplied to do something, namely, deter insects
from eating the plant. More caffeine, fewer bugs. Robusta trees makes lots
of coffee, in part, because they make lots of caffeine.
What would happen if genetically alter a coffee tree to produce no caffeine,
and thus, less ability to deter insects? Hmmm... Insects eat coffee, and
less coffee crop means less sustainable crop. Well how can we rid those
bugs?? Spray 'em down with more man-made insecticide.
Maybe there's a better way, but I don't care for more man-made insecticides.
Ivan
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Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 14:45:12 -0500
From: Sandy Andina 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 14:45:12 -0500
From: Sandy Andina 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Naturally decaffeinated beans
To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this
      list,  available athttp://www.sweemarias.com/maillistinfo.ht=ml"
      
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the proof will be in the cupping---has to taste good.
On May 24, 2009, at 9:30 AM, Frank Parth wrote:
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To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this
      list,  available athttp://www.sweemarias.com/maillistinfo.ht=ml"
      
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the proof will be in the cupping---has to taste good.
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