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Growing coffee tree at home

I really think there should be some existing threads about this topic, but I'm too impatient to find a good one to continue, so I'm starting a new thread and will link any relevant older threads and posts here as I find them.

For now, I wanted to say my coffee plant that I grew from seed -- I'm pretty sure it was two years ago -- has started to branch this season, I can't wait until it [url=https://www.coffee4dummies.com/jamaican_blue_mountain/growing_coffee_part_1]officially outgrows the "sucker" stage and attains the "bush" status[/url] :bouncey:

I found a terrifically informative reference for both growing them from seeds and keeping them growing as container plants in northern locations:
:arrow: https://www.coffee4dummies.com/jamaican_blue_mountain/growing_a_coffee_plant_at_home

Logee's sells yellow cherry variety which I have on my Wishlist. It's description says: "Plants usually start fruiting once a branching habit has begun, usually around 3’ in height." and [url=https://www.logees.com/ftg/Coffea.pdf]in their growing guide for regular coffee[/url], "Coffeas make excellent indoor plants being tolerant of lower light and low humidity. They are usually grown from seed and will take 2-3 years to come into flower and fruit." 8)

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Make it 3-5 years to flower and fruit, and you've got fairly accurate info. Apple, coffee plants are hugely rewarding even if you never see cherries (you'll have to hand-pollinate when you see flowers, so it's best if you grow two or more plants to ensure good fruit set).

Once you've got fruit, poke me and I'll tell you how to turn it into coffee with no more tools than a large supperware tub and a heat gun.....

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Thanks, Lorax. I hope soon! :bouncey:

Right now, I have the plant where it's sort of in the way when opening and closing the blinds in the morning and evening, and I lost a couple of leaves from being rubbed off. The first leaf was a slug eaten lower old leaf, so I cut it up into small pieces and used them as mulch, but this morning a leaf came off that was practically perfect, and I thought: could I dry this and make "tea" from it?

Quick Internet search revealed that they actually sell them like that. So now, I'm saving any that are accidentally broken off 8)

On how to process into "tea leaves", one site said:
Coffee leaf tea is made the same way you would make any tea beverage. Strip enough leaves off or your coffee plant and pulverized them thoroughly. Make sure that the leaves are washed before hand to free them of any soil or debris that may ruin the taste of the tea. Once they are washed and pulverized well simply brew them in hot water as you would any other tea.
https://www.coffeeforums.com/coffee-facts/tea/coffeeleaftea.html
If that's what they meant by "pulverized," it looks like essentially, I dry and crumble like any other herbal tea. :D

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It's very tasty, but be sure to leave your tree enough leaves to survive! :D

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