Coffee. A global success.

Exhibition in the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin.
Dienstag, 23. April 2013

"Coffee. A global success" is this year’s special exhibition in Berlin’s Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum. It showcases the success story of the economically most important coffee species, Coffea arabica, and its few remaining wild habitats in the montane rainforests of Ethiopia. Biological, cultural, historical, ethnographic and economic aspects are all covered. In addition to the 350 m² exhibition in the Botanical Museum, the Coffee Trail leads to 15 stations with living plants in the Botanic Garden. The exhibition is open from 17 May 2013 to 23 February 2014. All exhibition texts are in German and English. A richly illustrated catalogue is being published, including all German and English texts.

Save the Date: Press tour on 15 May 2013 at 10.30 a.m.

Coffea arabica: a story of diversity

Coffee is globally successful. In Germany alone around four billion cups are drunk each year. Among more than a hundred coffee species, Coffea arabica is the most important economically. Around the world, only a few genetic variants are grown, whereas a rich and unique genetic diversity can be found in the plant’s region of origin in south western Ethiopia. In order to preserve this valuable resource for future generations, we must study these last habitats of wild Arabica coffee in the montane rainforests of Ethiopia and give them lasting protection.