Coffee is the second most important trading commodity worldwide, after oil. Around the world, only a few genetic variants are grown, while in the plant´s region of origin, south-west Ethiopia, a rich and unique genetic diversity can be found. However 70% of all known species of coffee are now threatened with extinction due to habitat loss. Discover the history of coffee’s global success and the part played by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in the story, and learn about what is being done to preserve the last habitats of wild Arabica coffee and give them lasting protection for future generations.
Presented in partnership with Botanic Garden Berlin Museum