Drinking your favorite coffee is very satisfying, but growing your own coffee is beyond the satisfaction you feel. Many would prefer instant because it’s simple and easy. However, some people would still prefer making their coffee in a hard but rewarding way.
Planting coffee plants at home and observing it could be the most satisfying thing to do for coffee lovers. So, what are you waiting for? Follow this simple guide to start your coffee planting journey.
Here’s a Guide to Help You With Your Coffee Planting Journey:
The first thing that you will need is the green coffee beans. You purchase it from a green coffee supplier. Green coffee beans are beans that are not yet roasted. The seeds that you need should be recent crops to make your coffee planting journey a success.
The first step is to get the coffee seeds, and for 24 hours, you need to soak it in the water. Afterwards, you have to dry the seeds and sow it in either damp sand or wet coffee sacks. Don’t forget to water it twice a day and drain it well. This process will take up to four months, so patience is your best friend here.
After four months, you can remove the seeds from the sand or the moist coffee sacks. Then, place the seed in a 1.25 cm deep hole in loam soil consisting of high humus content. Then, put some ground over it. It would be best if you will be careful in pressing the soil down to avoid ruining the seed. You can add dried manure, bone meal, or even dried blood to maintain the soil’s humus content.
Watering the seeds is essential. It would be best if you water the plant every day. And, one thing you need to remember is to water it just enough. In this way, the soil will be moist and perfect for the seed to grow.
Once the seed is fully germinated, you can transfer it to soil with high nitrogen content or leave it in the damp sand. The ground should have enough minerals; you can maintain the mineral levels by adding orchid fertilizers.
The plant is sensitive to hot and cold weather, so better place the plant inside your house. Add some artificial plant lighting for the plant to develop. You should water the plant twice a week and draining it afterwards.
It is not an instant coffee, approximately 2 to 3 years long before it can produce coffee cherries. You have to reduce watering during winter for two to three months to encourage flowering. Start watering it again during spring to make the flowers bloom.
Once it produces cherries and then matured, you can finally harvest it. You will only have cherries, though, since you need to start another process for fermenting the ripened cherries. Once the fermenting is done, you can’t still make coffee out of it. Another process of roasting, grinding, then brewing. Then, the long wait is over; you can now have your coffee.