What is the full life cycle of coffee?

by Samariah Sampson
(Des moines, Iowa)


QUESTION:


What is the lifecycle of the coffee bean....from bean to tree to bean again?

ANSWER:

Growing coffee is not a simple task. The coffee trees demand a lot of care and attention before they repay you with coffee beans. And when they do, each tree only produces between 2 and 12 pounds of beans per year, depending on climate, soil conditions and other factors.

In other words, you need a lot of trees in your plantation in order to make a living.

You start out by planting a seed. Within 4 to 8 weeks you will have a seedling. You then need to tend the seedling, making sure the soil remains moist, and that there is not too much direct sunlight.

Within 9 to 18 months the coffee tree will be about 12 inches tall. But you'll need to wait 3 years before the tree bears fruit. And 6 years before the tree is mature and producing fully.

Each tree will keep producing for about 20 to 25 years.

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Nov 13, 2010
:-)
by: Anonymous

This is useful but i wanted more detail

Dec 19, 2007
thanks a million
by: Sam

thanks a million. that was very nice of you to answer my dumb question

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