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    Berry Borer Beetle

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Papua New Guinea's coffee industry say berry borer beetle could have devastating impact - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_borer_beetle

    PNG one on the last countries to be affected has succumb to this devastating little bug. I hope they can contain the wee beasty. I wish them al the best.

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    I actually think we are one of the last countries and AQIS is very strict on green bean imports for that reason.

    Talking to farmers on the ground in Costa Rica I was told that the borer is fairly easy to control. The trick was to remove all the fruit at the end of the season giving them nothing to eat between seasons. Apparently the borer still comes back at the height of every season but in small numbers.

    Leaving old and rotting cherry around adds to the problem so with good farm management they don't need insecticides to keep it in check.
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    Thanks for the clarity (again) Andy. Phew! not panicking quite yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Leaving old and rotting cherry around adds to the problem so with good farm management they don't need insecticides to keep it in check.
    The sad reality in PNG though is that this will be very difficult to employ with any widespread effectiveness...
    It's going to be very tough for them.

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    I received an off-line query about borer holes and am posting it here for others that might have the same questions.

    Hi Andy, Two friends of mine up here in Brisbane have been finding these coffee borers in their green beans (not sourced from coffee snobs). Do you think they should be reporting it to the DPI or Border Protection people?
    Regards Jack

    Hi Jack,
    I suspect that you are finding holes in the beans and not borers.


    If you are finding the actual insect then ABSOLUTELY, you should report it. Seal the remaining beans in a plastic bag and contact the seller to tell them to do the same. Then contact DAWR (was AQIS then DAFF now DAWR) Biosecurity


    If it's just the holes then don't panic, it's entirely normal to have borer holes in coffee beans because the borer exists in nearly every coffee growing region of the world. Borer doesn't really effect the coffee so it will roast the same. Organic certified coffee is often the most pronounced and I've often joked that organic means "full of worm holes"


    I'll post some of this in the thread to clarify for others too.


    Cheers,


    Andy.
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    ...and then Jack tells me...

    they were finding live bugs in their beans

    That certainly needs to be looked at and as I said, please get them to seal the remaining beans in plastic and contact DAWR.


    Of course, it could also be something local, maggots, moth larvae, weevils or something else that has laid eggs since the beans arrived but I wouldn’t be happy until you got someone at AQIS to have a look.


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    Who really want's to go down in history and the dude that thought a couple of pair of rabbits was harmless fun?

    In 12 years at CoffeeSnobs we have only had one issue like this and after quarantine and inspection by AQIS officers over a few week period it was determined the live insects were larvae local to QLD and had laid eggs in their green beans while in the customers storage and were not sourced from the Snobbery.

    I think we are pretty lucky in Victoria, too damn cold this time of year for insects and thankfully no local insects or vermin will "eat" green beans.



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