Backyard Coffee: Very Good!

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Backyard Coffee

By RobertB
July 25, 2012

I love good coffee. My favorite is Hula Daddy Coffee from Kona, Hawaii. On a trip to Hawaii and the Big Island we spent a day going to the Hula Daddy Coffee Farm and store. It was quite enlightening on the whole process from growing to roasting. Living in zone 9B I thought, why not try a plant, it will be a great conversation piece. Little did I know I would be roasting my own pot of coffee soon.

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vic
Jul 24, 2012 6:21 PM CST
And a FUN project!

Good for you for trying it and congrats on your success! Thumbs up
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krancmm
Jul 24, 2012 7:04 PM CST
Great article...I've only seen heaps of "cherries". Had no idea that the flowers were so lovely too. I was right with you and all excited until I got to the "30 minutes of constant whisking"...then I placed my next bean order with Amazon. Rolling on the floor laughing
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valleylynn
Jul 24, 2012 8:52 PM CST
Wow, by the time I got the the adding of cream/1/2 N 1/2, I was drooling. I can almost taste and smell it. Lovey dubby
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blue23rose
Jul 24, 2012 9:32 PM CST
That does sound good. Not sure I can stand 30 minutes of whisking:) but to fill the house with that wonderful smell might be worth it! And what a beautiful addition to your garden with the coffee tree.
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wren
Jul 25, 2012 7:51 AM CST
I want a coffee tree!! Hilarious!
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plantladylin
Jul 25, 2012 7:57 AM CST
How cool is that! I've seen small Coffea arabica plants for sale at Wal-Mart and Home Depot garden centers over the years but never thought about trying one. I'm sure it wouldn't survive the freezes we've been getting in these parts the past few winters but how neat it would be to be able to brew a pot of coffee made from beans from your own tree! Thanks for the great article!
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Jul 25, 2012 9:57 AM CST
I want a coffee plant too! Thanks for sharing!!
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coconut
Jul 25, 2012 10:41 AM CST
I looked and looked at culture articles, and neither type of coffee bush can be successfully grown here in the Virgin Islands.

Where do you live RobertB??
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Joy
Jul 25, 2012 2:20 PM CST
Awesome Robert! Wish I could grow one here. Besides a great cup of coffee, you've got yourself a beautiful plant too.
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MaryE
Jul 25, 2012 3:24 PM CST
Great! Fun and satisfying on several levels!
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RobertB
Jul 25, 2012 3:54 PM CST
coconut said:I looked and looked at culture articles, and neither type of coffee bush can be successfully grown here in the Virgin Islands.

Where do you live RobertB??

Bradenton, Florida just south of Tampa Bay. In the little spot of 10A , but I'm surrounded by 9B.


plantladylin said:How cool is that! I've seen small Coffea arabica plants for sale at Wal-Mart ...

That is where I got mine from, it was just a tiny little plant, a lark really that I got it... my first thought was how cute... Hilarious!

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Jul 25, 2012 5:08 PM CST
Very tempting! Guess I'd have to create a 9B micro climate here in Phoenix. I think it can be done. I love the flowers, too. I had no idea!
Thanks so much for sharing!
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Jul 25, 2012 5:12 PM CST
I think I'm out of luck in zone 5a. I do love fresh-roasted coffee, and that's about as fresh as it gets!
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Horseshoe
Jul 25, 2012 6:19 PM CST
Great write-up, Robert. I've often entertained the thought of growing my own coffee but would have to overwinter it in the greenhouse.

I was down your way a couple months ago. I think I'll just wait till the next time I come to Bradenton (or is it Bradenton/Sarasota now...both cities seem to have grown into each other!) I'll swing by for a cup of coffee at your house! Smiling

Great pics, by the way! What a pretty plant.

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RickCorey
Jul 25, 2012 7:42 PM CST
Thanks for your clear and drool-inspiring article!

A simple "no-name" variety plant from Wal-Mart still gave a good cup? Not a Kona variety hand-selected for generations, especially for descendents of the Hawiian royal family?

You combined two of my favorite addictions! gardening and coffee.
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RobertB
Jul 25, 2012 7:46 PM CST
RickCorey said:Thanks for your clear and drool-inspiring article!

A simple "no-name" variety plant from Wal-Mart still gave a good cup? Not a Kona variety hand-selected for generations, especially for descendents of the Hawiian royal family?

You combined two of my favorite addictions! gardening and coffee.


Rolling on the floor laughing That was our exact sentiments..... Rolling on the floor laughing

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RickCorey
Jul 25, 2012 8:18 PM CST
My original interest in gardening, at least indoor gardening, back in the 1970s, was related to another favored substance ...
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Jul 25, 2012 9:07 PM CST
Ahhhh the good ole 70's.... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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MaryE
Jul 25, 2012 9:11 PM CST
Rick, I remember when a neighbor of ours grew some funny tomato plants, right in with the real ones. However, they were too visable, and there were teenagers in the neighborhood, so they disappeard mysteriously.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 26, 2012 11:41 AM CST
Fabulous, Robert. I am just down the road from you, and have a spot by the back fence . . .

How laborious was it to peel the red skin from the cherries? I'd imagine commercial growers have a machine to do this.

Since the cherries don't all get red at once, did you have to wait a while to get enough beans to roast?
Elaine

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