The director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology will collaborate on a 3-year project to study the coffee plant in all its components.
Pian di San Bartolo, Florence – January 2021 | Accademia del Caffè Espresso, a center dedicated to the culture of Italian espresso created by La Marzocco, has launched a research project together with Professor Stefano Mancuso and PNAT, the interdisciplinary team born as a spin-off of the University of Florence and ENEA, the national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development.
The first months of the research involved the analysis of coffee samples from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala by researchers from PNAT and the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology of the University of Florence and ENEA.
This is the beginning of a path that aims to study in depth the chemical and genetic components of the coffee plant, to describe on a scientific basis the complexity of the product, which represents the world’s second commodity.
“The goal of the collaboration is certainly ambitious: through this research we want to demonstrate that it is possible to grow excellent coffee in a good, clean and fair way, to truly create a sustainable model that can then be used for other crops grown on the planet”, Professor Stefano Mancuso commented.
The Accademia del Caffè Espresso is a cultural hub of La Marzocco, a company that has always put quality first in the production of its machines and, as Stefano Mancuso observes, “There could be no La Marzocco machines without an excellent coffee at origin. “
Here are the details of the three-year research project of the Accademia, led internally by the agronomist Massimo Battaglia, Coffee Research Leader alongside Stefano Mancuso – with the involvement of PNAT, Doctor Alessia Fiore and her research team at ENEA, the national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development – and in collaboration with coffee origin institutions from El Salvador (CSC), Honduras (IHCAFE), Costa Rica (ICAFE) Guatemala (ANACAFE), as well as ACE and Cup of Excellence.