Item Of The Day: Brew Your Own Cup Of Java

Is your neighborhood barista not good enough? Would you like to try growing you own coffee? Our script has found this listing on Etsy for Coffea Arabica beans.

Keywords: seed, garden, coffee, Etsy

From the Etsy seller…

It is also known as the “coffee shrub of Arabia”, “mountain coffee” or “arabica coffee”. Coffea arabica is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, being grown in southwest Arabia for well over 1,000 years. It is said to produce better coffee than the other major commercially grown coffee species, Coffea canephora (robusta), but tastes vary. C. arabica contains less caffeine than any other commercially cultivated species of coffee.

The fruit is a drupe (though commonly called a “berry”) 10–15 mm in diameter, maturing bright red to purple and typically contains two seeds (the coffee ‘bean’).

C. arabica produces small, white and highly fragrant flowers. The sweet fragrance resembles the sweet smell of jasmine flowers. When flowers open on sunny days, this results in the greatest numbers of berries. The berries are oblong and about 1 cm long. Inferior coffee results from picking them too early or too late, so many are picked by hand to be able to better select them, as they do not all ripen at the same time. They are sometimes shaken off the tree onto mats, which means that ripe and unripe berries are collected together.

Planting Instructions:

Peel the hulls off the seeds before planting so they can germinate.

Plant The coffee tree pepper requires rich soil, plenty of water, humid conditions, and partial shade. Plant seeds indoors 1/2″ deep. Keep soil moist and from drying out. Keep temperature between 80 and 85 degrees. Transplant in larger pots as seedling grows.

Germination: 60 days