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"Looking back through history, I see no evidence for humanity making the best of things, and I think it's a pretty safe bet that's an on-going trend."
- Richard Morgan

Happicuppa Coffee Bush  
  A species of coffee bush designed for ease of harvesting.  

...the Happicuppa coffee bush was designed so that all of its beans could ripen simultaneously, and coffee could be grown on huge plantations and harvested with machines. This threw the small growers out of business and reduced both them and their labourers to starvation-level poverty.
From Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood.
Published by Nan A. Talese in 2003
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Mechanical harvesters have been in development since the 1960's; good results have been seen since the 1980's. However, the continuing problem is that the beans on a given plant can vary by several months. Some growers who use mechanical harvesters use a strategy that utilzes a number of passes some weeks apart. The beans on the top of the plant tend to ripen first.

SF fans, don't forget about coffiest (Pohl and Kornbluth) and syn-cof (Philip K. Dick).

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