Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Germinating coffee beans

Caffeine is my friend. That's why I grow coffee, tea and yaupon holly.

Coffee is by far my favorite of the caffeine-producers, however, since its flavor is unparalleled and its kick is epic.

The problem is, right now I only have one plant in the greenhouse. That's not near enough to match the production of coffee I need to keep me waking up in the morning.

This fall was the first time it produced coffee cherries, and I decided that instead of roasting and consuming the bounty... I'd use all the cherries for planting purposes. The last few just ripened... and I planted the first few some months ago.

The cherries have a pleasant flavor much like a red bell pepper. My kids and I (and various guests) ate the fruit and spit out the "beans" inside them.

I then planted the beans in little pots of soil on my kitchen windowsill, it being a bit chilly for coffee outside at this time of year.

When we visited the Caribbean, coffee was happy year-round.


As for the seeds I planted... they sat in their little pots for a couple of months until I wondered if anything was going to happen.

Then, one day, a little bean pushed its way out of the ground. Then another, and another, and another.

In a few years, I'll be a coffee baron.

The final destination for most of the plants I'm starting will be South Florida, since they won't grow outdoors here. I'll likely hire a Columbian guy with a donkey to ride around Ft. Lauderdale and check up on them for me, then once a year I'll get a few big crates of fragrant beans sent north via steamboat.

It'll be awesome.

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At February 19, 2014 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Jorge Duncan said...

Well Dave, are they Robusta or Arabica beans? Robusta is a heavy producer averaging 2 lbs. of green beans a year. Arabica produces 1 to 1.5 lbs. a year. I figure that 24 trees would supply your needs. Taste wise, Robusta tends to be harsh and with less caffeine, while Arabica is aromatic and packs a higher caffeine punch. Keep us up to date on your coffee plantantion "Caffmaegeddon." I wonder how much for a lb. of coffee could one get in trade when TEOTWAWKI happens?

At February 19, 2014 at 8:39 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

"Robusta or Arabica?" Good question. I'm not sure, since the original plant wasn't named as anything other than "coffee."

It seems Robusta may be more cold-hardy... I'm going to have to do more research.

At February 21, 2014 at 6:42 AM , Blogger jean said...

Hmmm...makes me wonder which coffee my trees are. Here's wishing you crates of coffee in the future!

At February 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM , Anonymous Andi | said...

I love that you even thought of growing coffee! Coffee loves shady hillsides... not many hills in Fort Lauderdale, but will you use them as understory trees?

At February 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yes. There's a patch of live oaks I'm eyeing...

At February 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

I think yours is whichever type mine is not. The plants were definitely a bit different.


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