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Name: Mima
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sfrangu
Dec 21, 2013 11:34 PM CST
I'd like to know where are the discussions about coffee located, in what forum. Or nobody's growing their own coffee? I got some Kona coffee seeds as a bday gift for DH and now I want to germinate them, to make the gift complete. I need some info regarding the mix to use for seeds, then for potting further. Searching the internet didn't bring too much info.

Thanks in advance.
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Patti1957
Dec 21, 2013 11:59 PM CST
I found this information http://www.coffeeresearch.org/coffee/homegrowing.htm


Name: Mima
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sfrangu
Dec 22, 2013 12:05 AM CST
Thanks Patti. Smiling

Still, no threads open here, on ATP? Would love to hear directly from other growers.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Dec 22, 2013 1:14 AM CST

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@AlohaHoya grows coffee and I'm sure she could answer all of your questions.
Name: Mima
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sfrangu
Dec 22, 2013 1:18 AM CST
Thanks Zuzu, I will message her privately since I don't know where to start a discussion. Smiling
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zuzu
Dec 22, 2013 1:20 AM CST

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I tagged her name in my post, so she'll be aware that you're looking for answers (unless she's traveling someplace wonderful, as she often is, and doesn't have access to a computer). Smiling
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dave
Dec 22, 2013 7:53 AM CST

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I would grow coffee if I could.
Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Dec 22, 2013 10:56 AM CST
Hurray! Here I am....

I didn't get any notification, but Ruth Ross shanghaied me on Facebook this morning.... We grow coffee here at about 800 feet on the East Side of the Island of Hawaii....

How can I help? Mima...you should have no trouble growing coffee if you can grow Gardenias. Same family. Closely related. Coffee is more robust...

I don't have any idea 'how to grow coffee', but I can tell you "how coffee grows' here.

Coffee is grown all over this island: the wet side (with GOOD drainage) and the dry side (with irrigation). It must be relatively salt tolerant because our wind travels quite a bit over the ocean before it gets to us. Our soil/rain is acidic (pH around 5 to 6...seldom 6) and it grows in/on lava rock/soil. We get between 100" - 160" of rain yearly and our lowest temp has been 56deg. There is a big difference between day and night temps...the night temps can often be20 to 30 degrees cooler in the winter.

When Googling information, have you found any papers written by the University of Hawaii CTAHR (College of Tropical Horticulture and Human Resources (don't ask, I have no clue how HR got involved)? I'll try looking for some links....Coffee being the BIG business as it is here there is a lot of attention given by the Extension Service.

BTW - The seeds you got are actually the coffee beans... they sprout up all over the place here...very viable. If it weren't such a valuable crop I think coffee would be considered invasive!!!!

Specific questions? Dave...ever thought about a heated greenhouse?

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Name: Mima
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sfrangu
Dec 22, 2013 1:23 PM CST
Wow, thank you for such an ample response. I am not home now but I could not wait to check. Hard to write on the phone so I will write more afternoon, when I will get home.
Can't wait to start germinating them! And I deeply appreciate the responses!
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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Dec 22, 2013 8:28 PM CST
Google has really good information ... type in to the Search Bar Growing Coffee Trees CTAHR and you will find all of the University of Hawaii publications and information.
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Dec 23, 2013 6:35 PM CST
How about the "Edibles and Preserving" forum for discussing coffee?
http://garden.org/forums/view/eateat/

I remember reading (somewhere on the Internet ...) a thread by someone who raised a few coffee plants, harvested, dried, roasted, ground and brewed the beans. I wish I could remember where!
Name: Evan
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eclayne
Dec 23, 2013 7:43 PM CST

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RickCorey said:I remember reading (somewhere on the Internet ...) a thread by someone who raised a few coffee plants, harvested, dried, roasted, ground and brewed the beans. I wish I could remember where!

Backyard Coffee by RobertB? There is also a thread which I can't find where Robert discusses this.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Dec 23, 2013 7:53 PM CST

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This might be the thread you're looking for, Evan.

The thread "Arabica Coffee Seeds Sprout!!" in Seeds forum
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eclayne
Dec 23, 2013 7:56 PM CST

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That's the one Zuzu, thanks!
Evan
Name: Mima
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Tropicals Rabbit Keeper Plumerias Region: California
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sfrangu
Dec 23, 2013 8:20 PM CST
Good idea to start a coffee thread there, Rick. Or are there any started already?

Nice thread by RobertB from last yeartoo! So interesting!
If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0
Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you've been up to.
My "bunnies" are in fact Guinea pigs. 5 of them so far.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Dec 24, 2013 12:10 PM CST
The "Idea" was what I was remembering, but the thread is right on also.

Mima said:
>> Or are there any started already?

None I could find. But they are a nice crowd, and interested in good food (and drink, probably).
Name: Mima
SoCal Sunset Zone 18/19 (Zone 9b)
Tropicals Rabbit Keeper Plumerias Region: California
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sfrangu
Dec 24, 2013 12:12 PM CST
Thanks again, Rick. Will nose around there too after Christmas. Thumbs up
If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0
Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you've been up to.
My "bunnies" are in fact Guinea pigs. 5 of them so far.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Dec 24, 2013 12:22 PM CST
I also enjoy the Farming forum becuase they're nice people.

Have a Happy and Merry!
Name: Mima
SoCal Sunset Zone 18/19 (Zone 9b)
Tropicals Rabbit Keeper Plumerias Region: California
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sfrangu
Dec 24, 2013 12:28 PM CST
Thank you, Meeeeerry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!
If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0
Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you've been up to.
My "bunnies" are in fact Guinea pigs. 5 of them so far.
Name: Mima
SoCal Sunset Zone 18/19 (Zone 9b)
Tropicals Rabbit Keeper Plumerias Region: California
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sfrangu
Dec 24, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Forgot to ask: after 24 hours of soaking, do I discard the beans that don't show any sign of embryo sprouting or would I take my chances with all of them?
If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0
Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you've been up to.
My "bunnies" are in fact Guinea pigs. 5 of them so far.

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