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Coffee (Coffea arabica)
Family: Rubiaceae
Relative: Quinine (anti malaria treatment), ipecac (when people ingest poison, it make you vomit)
Wild: Africa
Where we get: Not Ca
Domestication (can eat wild but have very small seeds)
Selected for larger seeds
Compact Bushes instead of high Bush


Item of interest
Aromatic flowers/ eat pulp/make tea out of leave
Pollinated by insect
Bean turns red when ripe (edible)
Ferment away the pulp, dry, roast, grind
Tertraploid (also self fertile)
1700s one bean smuggled to Amsterdam, self fertile, result in a lot of coffee today
Leaf have half the amount of caffeine of the bean (root and stem have very little stem)
Decaf beans by organic solvent, H2O treatment or CO2 treatment
Decaf Beans naturally by GMO (increase Theobromine level but it OK)
People afraid of GMO, thus will be consuming organic solvent containing Decaf Beans
Fungi get to the seed and produce Ochratoxin A is Carcinogenic can be removed by roasting

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