C. stenophylla is native to West African countries: Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The plant grows as a shrub or tree at a height of up to 20 feet.
Baked berries of C. stenophylla are dark purple, unlike C. arabica, whose berries turn red when ripe.
The cultivation of C. stenophylla could be used to further diversify the genetic portfolio of cultivated coffee worldwide. Further diversification is considered necessary to increase resistance to climate change, as well as pressures caused by global crop diseases such as rust.