An international team of scientists say they have discovered a kind of genetic roadmap that may help increase our collective understanding of caffeine, explain flavor and aroma characteristics, and help producers with breeding for quality and disease resistance. In the process, the group also raises questions about the potential for further genetic modification of coffee.

In a study published yesterday in Science, researchers say they have completed first-of-its kind genome sequencing of the Coffea canephora (Robusta) plant, introducing some surprising conclusions about coffee’s genetic history, especially as it compares to other caffeine-producing plants, such as cocoa and tea, as well as grapes.

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