For the coffee lover in your life, here's a mug planted up with Coffea arabica, below, the coffee bush
The fluted three-legged pot is decorated with silver reliefs, including "putti" - cherub-like figures - holding coffee bush
branches, a lion's mask, shells and foliage.
Weiss says he picked this particular niche because "I have worked in the specialty coffee market since the early nineties" in exotic places around the globe, "and when I learned that local farmers from these regions have always used the whole fruit of the coffee bush
to make high-energy foods and beverages, I knew I had stumbled upon coffee's untold secret.
In 1713, the Royal Botanical Garden in Paris received France's first coffee bush
(tellingly, a gift from the Botanical Garden at Amsterdam).
5kg of coffee from a single coffee bush
, much less than the potential 20kg that some countries achieve.
Pollack's California natives include coffee bush
(Rhamnus californica), whose berries are feasted on by many of the 45 species of birds that have visited the garden and rendered insect pests invisible there; Penstemon, Ceanothus, California yarrow (Achillea millefolium); a slow-growing, shade-dependent manzanita ground cover; the carefree, sun-loving ground cover known as blanket flower (Gaillardia); and the Pacific Coast iris (Iris douglasiana).
In the study, I obtained the following 14 habitat variables, which were grouped in three vertical strata: arboreal stratum, coffee bush stratum, and soil (low) stratum.
Proportion of the relative difference was used to calculate the standardized values (Mas and Dietsch 2003) for six additional variables: percentage dominance of one tree species in the plantation, average tree height, average diameter of logs on soil, average coffee bush height, vertical heterogeneity, and live trees dbh.
CoffeeBerry(TM), the whole fruit (including the bean) of the coffee bush, is rich in potent tropical anti-oxidants and rare essential sugars.
Unfortunately it was only available to those who lived near a mature coffee bush, because the fruit was too perishable to survive harvesting.
Gamboa described his co-op members as being "born next to a coffee bush
Scientists at Colombia's Cenicafe Coffee Research Center estimate it may take 20 years or more to evolve a coffee bush
resistant, or at least partly so, to the worm.