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    After reading up on home roasting and beans available, I also noticed that it is possible to grow a coffee tree from a seed. Has anyone done that? (Is it legal? ???)

    I have a little bit of a green thumb, and am keen to have a go. Does any one "grow their own" ;D , so to speak? I grow a few of my own veggies, friut etc. Is there a nursery I can get seedling from, as the germination success rate looks pretty low.

    As a newbie, is it normal to be initially consumed by a quest for knowledge? I have leapt from researching espresso machines, to grinders, tools, BBQ roasters, heat gun roasting and now, hopefully, tree growing. Will it ever stop?

    Cheers

    Boris. ;D

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    Hey Boris!
    I dont know if it’s legal but I friend of mine purchased a plant from Bunning’s here in Perth. Just last week it was covered in tiny flowers down the stems so we are watching with anticipation! Don’t know how it will taste as it’s been grown at approx. 10m altitude 1 km from the beach. (My friend is keen to give the beans a run through my cat i.e. Cottesloe Kopi).
    Will keep you posted,
    Matt

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    • #3
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      Boris,
      You should do a little research on growing and processing of coffee plant berries to coffee beans. I have read a bit on it and it sure doesnt look like a simple thing to me. http://tinyurl.com/4282e shows that Victoria is probably not suited to growing anyhow. The phrase "Coffee plants hate frost" pops up a lot.

      Perhaps I am a little less patient than others.

      My brother-in-law was offerred some coffee up in QLD one day by a guy who had grown his own. He said it was by far the worst coffee he has ever had. I think the guy had used some chemicals during the process and had not washed them thoroughly. Sounded awful.

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      • #4
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        Im from New Zealand and i have to put this in. What you call frost here is nothing compared to NZ. A frost is when the grass freezes and goes crunch when you stand on it and not when the dew on the grass is cold. If you want to see a real frost go to the south island of New Zealand ;D ;D ;D

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        • #5
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          8 degrees of frost isnt that uncommon in Christchurch. I havent seen a real frost here in 8 years

          Rich

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          • #6
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            Canberra gets some pretty hard frosts of the crunchy kind.

            Back to growing coffee, they can be grown as indoor plants but what I have read suggested they arent the easiest thing to strike from seed and you preferably need an actual cherry as the green processed bean is often too damaged to germinate.

            But hey, whats a handful of green beans cost to try. Ive got some Brazilian beans soaking already, only two months to go!

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            • #7
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              Hi All,

              It might sound weird but up here where I live just outside Warwick and up the road from Stanthorpe in Qld, we regularly experience frosts through Winter to down as far as 8C below zero. Its our altitude that causes this though, not our latitude.

              There was a short report on the nine network news about it with lots of images of frozen dams, white lawns, and icy stalagtites hanging from trees and gutters, etc. No snow to report yet though but some of the old timers reckon it has snowed from time to time in their youth. Global warming?

              Great weather for sipping great coffee though. Bring on the next Winter I say.

              Cheers,
              Dimal.

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              • #8
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                Well no seedlings yet, but a company has offered to send some growable seeds if I bought some beans, which I did. Ill home roast and home grow and let you know what happens.

                Alans blend arrived today, the posty was very curious. As predicted the are delightful. Definitely must have fresh beans.

                (Ed - can I say which company?)

                Cheers,

                Boris

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by Boris link=1102810513/0#7 date=1103016968
                  (Ed - can I say which company?)
                  No prohibition on members plugging their favourite suppliers as far as I am aware.

                  Well no seedlings yet, but a company has offered to send some growable seeds if I bought some beans, which I did. Ill home roast and home grow and let you know what happens.
                  In what way did the supplier think the beans were growable? I do ponder the difference between wet and dry processed beans in terms of viability of seed.

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                  • #10
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                    nope none whats so ever. Plug your fav retailer

                    However retilers reading this dont think you can plant someone here to plug your own business. We have ways of finding out.

                    Cheers
                    Rich

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                    • #11
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                      Thanks ED(s),
                      There are two ladies who established and run Wombah Coffee plantaion in Northern NSW. Joy Phelps has been very helpful.

                      FYI.

                      www.hotkey.net.au/~wombah/

                      Cheers,

                      Boris.

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                      • #12
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                        Theres a nice article on the history of this plantation: http://www.rirdc.gov.au/champions/WombahCoffee.html

                        Looks like a great place to visit.

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                        • #13
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                          The ladies at Wombah came through. . I purchased two kilos of Northern River, Ill post some roasting pictures in that folder soon. Plus, Joy sent down about a two dozen cherries. I planted them today in seed propogating mix. Stay tuned.

                          Cheers

                          Boris.

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                          • #14
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                            I have two plants doing well in my back yard in Melbourne- so long as they are protected when temperatures get lower than about 6 deg. C, they do fine. Bring the pots inside in when it gets cold or cover them. Ive seen mature plants in large pots on wheels which can be moved as required. Some slow release fertiliser high in nitrogen works well...

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                            • #15
                              Re: Coffee plants

                              Ah sounds like a concept of Bosai Caffein..... does this mean that the coffee from it in the future will be a bit like a Cappuccino in an espresso cup? ;D
                              Wouldnt mind trying it out here as well, but Ill wait till our Glasshouse is built.

                              Very much into coffee arent we....lol

                              FB

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