Plant biochemistry: A naturally decaffeinated arabica coffee

  title={Plant biochemistry: A naturally decaffeinated arabica coffee},
  author={Maria Bernadete Silvarolla and Paulo Mazzafera and Luiz Carlos Fazuoli},
The adverse side effects of caffeine have increased the market for decaffeinated coffee to about 10% of coffee consumption worldwide (, despite the loss of key flavour compounds in the industrial decaffeinating process. We have discovered a naturally decaffeinated Coffea arabica plant from Ethiopia, a species normally recognized for the high quality of its beans. It should be possible to transfer this trait to commercial varieties of arabica coffee plants by intraspecific… 
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