Characterizing phytochemical content of bioactive coffee leaf materials for use in coffee tea leaf beverages

Wize Monkey is currently the only maker of Coffee Leaf Tea in the world; they work in partnership with coffee producers in Nicaragua to develop alternative coffee based products. One of these is coffee leaf; a novel idea of harvesting leafs at optimal times to be used as a tea-based beverage. The leaf is harvested, dried, processed and blended to produce novelty based coffee leaf teas. Their business provides a humanitarian component providing stable work for up to 40 farm workers through-out the year to supply their product. Lives of coffee growers in this region of the world is greatly influenced by the volatility and seasonality of the commodity; hence a factor underlying the poverty and hunger that exists for many of the coffee growers. Wize Monkey has created a vertical integrated supply chain where coffee leaves are harvested and processed on-site at the Nicaragua farm, then shipped directly to Vancouver, Canada where they are inspected, blended and packaged for export to many different global customers. TO BE CONT'D

Ningjian Liang
Faculty Supervisor: 
David Kitts
British Columbia
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