As a life science professional in another life, I was skeptical when I visited the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (see photo) in southern Ethiopia. It was there I learned about a genetically modified strain of coffee from Japanese researchers. I knew that the Japanese had successfully knocked out the caffeine gene, so I guess it should come as no surprise that they have now genetically modified coffee to produce Glucagon-like Peptide 1, also know as GLP (pronounce “glip”). GLP is the transcription product of the proglucagon gene, and is the subject of massive research in diabetes and weight loss. In fact, the pharmaceutical companies Amylin and Novo Nordisk are in a no-holds-barred fight to see which will ultimately dominate the GLP market. Until now, the peptide had never been expressed by a plant-based system. Leave it to those crafty Japanese. In a stroke of sheer genius, they have managed to figure out how to produce a functional food that eliminates the need for the standard drug development process. Grown in Yerga Alem (coffee doesn’t grow in Japan), they process this as a washed coffee. In the cup, it’s like the love child of a Sidama and a Yirgacheffe. Last year was the first crop, and consumers of this special brew reported an average weight loss of 5%. They call this coffee “Shigatsu Ahou”, or “Special Gift” in English. As you might imagine, genetically modified weight loss coffee is not exactly cheap, but we were pleased to be among the first in the USA to offer it. Adds a whole new dimension to “tastes great, less filling”.
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