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Business Report: The never-before mentioned mystery concerning the coffee berry borer

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The weird thing about the borer is that it lives inside a coffee bean - surrounded by caffeine! Why doesn't the caffeine kill them? Because, in case you didn't know, caffeine is fatal to most bugs. Caffeine is a common ingredient in pesticides!

The answer is, the coffee berry borer has bacteria in its gut which protect it against caffeine...

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