A species of coffee from Cameroon is caffeine free.
International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University.
Stoffelen, P., M. Noirot, E. Couturon & F. Anthony. 2008. A new caffeine-free coffee from Cameroon. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 158: 67-72.
OSU campus-based folks can see the full text of the paper via this link http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/121394905/abstract
“A new Coffea species from Cameroon is described and compared with the other species of Central Africa. Coffea charrieriana Stoff. & F. Anthony can be recognized easily using morphological characters of leaves, flowers and fruits. Moreover, it is the first record of a caffeine-free Coffea species for Central Africa and only the second report for the African continent. Cameroon is one of the three centres of diversity for the genus Coffea, showing a similar number of species to that of Tanzania. © 2008 The Linnean Society of London, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 2008, 158, 67–72″.
It seems that caffeine free coffee species are rare. I don’t know how long it takes to breed new coffee varieties, but i am sure someone is working on getting the caffeine-free trait into a cultivatable form. Stay tuned.
As a dedicated caffeine devotee I vote that the new variety should be called “What’s the point?” in honor of the no-fat decaf latte.