Growing Island Coffee

I’m naturally AD (attention deficit),  or I have ADD, not sure what the correct ‘tense’ is …? And if I was 5 years old right now, I’d totally be getting riddlin shots or something. Back in my day they probably just called it spirit, creativity, energy, gusto, drive. They didn’t (often) prescribe medicine for things like that then, you just got a whoppin.  Ok, maybe not an old school whoppin but you got disciplined in some way if your energy came out in the wrong place, in the wrong way, at the wrong time.

All that to say, I always have 10 different things in my mind, projects I want to embark on or ways to make money.. 😛

Right now, and for the past few months, its been attempting to grow a coffee tree (bush). The past few months or month anyways, I had a handful of green coffee wrapped in wet paper towel a ziplock bag in the fridge. This is the recommended method to get them to germinate. And they did, a few started growing tails.

Here is a pic though not one I took of a bean germinating. This is what a few of mine look like:

Today I moved them into a large pot that has another tropical plant in it. The soil is rich and moist and I figure the tropical plant will get along well with the tropical origin beans (from Ethiopia). They say from what I read that its hard to grow a coffee plant, it needs to be well watered but well drained and warm, and this and that.  And most seeds will rot before they even have a chance to grow. Such is life I suppose in this fallen world where it takes effort to grow stuff.

Now if I”m able to grow these into coffee plants and fruit producing plants they won’t be Arabica. Arabica denotes a high altitude grown bean which in Prince Edward Island these will not be of course! Robusta though is the name of beans grown below 7000 feet I believe it is so these will be robusta beans.

Regardless of the name which most consider a lesser bean, they will be – if all goes to plan – the only Island grown coffee bean and therefore the only truly Island coffee. This will be a cornered market for sure.

Here is a coffee bush / tree with fruit on it. Takes about 4 years to get to a point where there is fruit on it:

Again, obviously not my plant but you see what I’m going for here. Now I would likely need a field of these and somehow overwinter them to make any money at it (green house in the future?) but right now its  a fun little project spurred on by another friend who buys my green beans. He suggested he was going to try growing one so here i am now! Should be some good learning and hopefully some fresh delicious Island specific coffee to come in the next 4 to 10 years.

There are a number of wineries on the island actually and that would according to common sense be a bad place to grow grapes (don’t they usually like drier sunnier locations? And then they try to grow them in a maritime climate, wet, cold etc). However they have persevered, grew those grapes (good year for it with our dry summer), and now have a unique island grown wine which now they can market as an Island produced wine which is likely all they will need to give it the edge on other more boring products. Plus, great for tourists right?!

So ya, this is an opportunity which I likely won’t fully realize but its fun starting at this point and seeing what I can do with it!

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2 thoughts on “Growing Island Coffee

  1. I think it’s a cool idea that you’re trying to grow coffee. I’ve been growing a number of tropical and sub-tropical fruit trees for a while now. It’s almost become an addiction. I haven’t tried coffee from seed but I did pick up 4 plants from Home Depot a couple years ago, and I have to say they have been very picky and difficult for me to grow in Kingston. Two died the first winter and a third the following summer. The fourth one, which is still holding on, has only grown about an inch and I’m not having high hopes for it this winter. I feel they get plenty of sun in the South-East window where they sit (most of the other tropicals continue growing and are content)but they just don’t seem to be doing too well. Unfortunately because of their size I can’t put them outside in the summer because the squirrels around here seem to be the mortal enemy of small tropical plants.
    I hope you’re able to achieve some level of success with this and if you do you’ll have to let me know if you did anything special for them. I’ve just been treating them like the other plants I have so far it’s not working.

    Side note: After four years I have flowering pomegranate and key lime trees, no fruit set yet though.

  2. Nice! I’d love to have a field of fruit trees, apples , cherries, pears… All of which will grow out here no problem. Just a matter of planting them. You can truly have a grocery store in your backyard if you really want it. Fun stuff. Just that fruit trees take so long to actually produce fruit when you start them from scratch.

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