[Homeroast] The Indiana Jones of Coffee

Steve Sakoman sakoman at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 17:50:26 CDT 2012


BOMA, South Sudan—Tim Schilling trudged through the African
wilderness, trailing a barefoot tribeswoman named Nyameron.

A sort of Indiana Jones of coffee, Mr. Schilling, 59 years old, was
seeking wild strains of coffea Arabica, the fragrant beans used to
make most of the world's lattes and cappuccinos. The Texas A&M
University agronomist heads World Coffee Research, a nonprofit
financed by Folgers coffee maker J.M. Smucker Co., Peet's Coffee & Tea
Inc. and others.

The group's goal is to expand the global coffee crop's tiny gene pool.
But after four days of hiking on this plateau west of Ethiopia, Mr.
Schilling's 15-member expedition—which included a coffee taxonomist, a
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. executive, agriculture students
and hired porters—still hadn't found any specimens that seemed new.
They were hoping that Nyameron, a wild-coffee connoisseur they had met
through a Murle tribal chief, could help.

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