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.