Why is Your Cup of Coffee so Expensive? Because of a Tiny Bark Beetle!
A family of the coffee berry borer Hypothenemus hampei (adults and pupae) and their coffee bean.
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Hulcr, Jiri. 2013. “Why Is Your Cup of Coffee so Expensive? Because of a Tiny Bark Beetle! FOR314/FR382, 10/2013”. EDIS 2013 (10). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-fr382-2013.


Sometimes an insect pest attacking crops in places as far away as Indonesia or Ethiopia can be very important to us here in Florida. One such insect is the coffee berry borer, Hypothenemus hampei Ferrari (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), a tiny (1.5 mm) bark beetle that originated in the highlands of central Africa. It would probably remain one of the many inconspicuous little beetles in the tropics, if not for the choice of its host: seeds of several Coffea species. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Jiri Hulcr, and published by the UF Department of School of Forest Resources and Conservation, October 2013.

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Jaramillo, J., E. Muchugu, F. E. Vega, A. Davis, C. Borgemeister, A. Chabi-Olaye. 2011. "Some Like It Hot: The Influence and Implications of Climate Change on Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei) and Coffee Production in East Africa." PLoS ONE 6(9): e24528 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0024528

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