What is the full life cycle of coffee?

by Samariah Sampson
(Des moines, Iowa)


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


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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Jan 17, 2018
Coffee beans
by: Anonymous

After a dry spell, the stress imposed on the tree triggers flowering after rainfall. Flower will blossom for less than 10 day. The bean is dormant for a 3 months period as the leaves of the tree grows from the onset of rains. The leaves are fully formed and active after three months and begin producing food to grow the beans. The beans grow for the next 4 to 6 months depending on where the tree is grown before they are ripe for harvesting.

The beans are green as they are growing. They turn bright red when they are fully ripe. Some coffee varieties have yellow beans when they are ripe. Ripe beans are harvested and processed to produce the green beans which are roasted, grinded and brewed to make your coffee cup.

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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