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    Hey everyone!

    As we all do.. I looooove coffee.. A couple of years ago I planted a few of my own arabica trees, and finally Im having my first "little crop"! *Its really exciting. *My biggest tree has tons of cheries, up almost all of the branches, the other couple only have a few here an there.

    Everyone sorta laughs at me as you can imagine - but I reckon Ill be able to get a couple of hundred grams out of the trees each year, and that to me is great! *Processing should be fairly straight forward - and Ive already been practicing my home roasting with a top quality ceramic titanium pan over a gas burner (labour intensive but still fun!)..

    Anyway, SUSS these pics out!! *Id like to introduce my trees and their little cheries. *As they ripen Ill take some more pics, Ill also take some of my processing and roasting for yas! *Man I cant wait!

    p..s..... I cant figure out how to put more than one photo up, so Ill have to be content with just one.. :(


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    Congrats!

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    Oh well done.

    Id love to try growing coffee, but I think Adelaide has the wrong climate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucinda link=1171156527/0#2 date=1171166614
    Oh well done.

    Id love to try growing coffee, but I think Adelaide has the wrong climate.
    I have some in Melbourne- So long as theyre protected from frost, no problemo. Mine are circa 3yo and around 50cm high!

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    mmmmmmm may have to have a wee chat with my gardener, I am sure he can be persuaded.

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    can you buy established coffee plants ?? or do you buy beans to plant in the grunnd cheers steven poddy66

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    Hey Steve (poddy66), I got all mine already established, at a nursery out of town. They werent expensive or anything, but not many places sell them.. I wouldnt have a clue how to raise them from seeds..!!
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    Its all a bit of fun ay!

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    Congratulations, Rolley, you are taking snobbery to a new level. I joke that since buying our bread machine, we should go all the way and grow our own wheat! When your home-grown produce can be done effortlessly and produce superior results...whats wrong with growing your own beans?

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    Hey doesnt the AIS have some chamber that simulates high altitude? Wonder if you can get plans for a low pressure greenhouse". . .

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    Or you could come and put a few in the ground at our place in the hills above byron bay!

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    Wouldnt take much convincing there Presso! Shares in a plantation anybody? Ill have the 400 bushes at the top of the slope nearest the rainforest canopy please!

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    That is handy to the WOOFs quarters. At the moment we have a dedivated team of Swedes woking/sweating. They are a lovely bunch though they were ill prepared for our sun!(They came with bikinis and singlets and no hats or sunscreen.

    You might like to volunteer for the OH&S postion Grendel, it involves a few informal lectures on outdoor prodection, if the recent batch of girls are anything to go by the new Dutch arrivals will need assistance applying the 30+ etc

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    I just know that soon after my arrival to take up the position your new team would arrive from somewhere near kazakstan - all men named Borat, Boris, Baruk, Boyach and Brajavich and all demanding OH&S sunscreen applications.

    Even writing that gave me the horror shudders!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grendel link=1171156527/0#12 date=1171260125
    ...all men named Borat...and all demanding OH&S sunscreen applications.
    Well, ill happily prostitute meself to Borat :-* for a share in your coffee plantation! Ooooh, Im excited! Our very own coffee plantation! :D From which country shall we buy our slaves? I reckon Americans might make good slaves. Shall we go overseas and catch some or just nab some tourists? Pls excuse my ignorance on these matters, Im new to this whole plantation thing.
    Cant wait till the March Slave Bay opens and order online my very first bag of slaves!

    But seriously, if 2muchcoffeeman can grow em in Melbourne, I reckon some of us Sydneysiders have half a chance! Wonder if any nurseries round here can help me? (coz i really need help!)

    Love to see yer pics, Rolley, as they ripen and especially the harvesting and processing!

    P.S.- Does anyone know how many slaves Id need to tend to just two plants in pots? :-?

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    2 oompahloompahs should be enough or one very small Texan.

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    Oompahloompah...Is that in Central NSW somewhere?

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    I think its not far from scooter gal.

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    Maybe she can wrangle a few up. Well just register them as indentured apprentices.

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    hah, yousre crazy!
    if anyone ever does start a small plantation I would appreciate mates rates beans ;) ;) ;) heh heh. In exchange I could design the packaging etc haha.

    anyway, Ill be sure to post pics when the beans start to ripen and I start to process them.. (sounds like something from a sci-fi movie... "Process them..")..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolley link=1171156527/15#18 date=1171334618
    anyway, Ill be sure to post pics when the beans start to ripen and I start to process them.. (sounds like something from a sci-fi movie... "Process them..")..
    Hes making Solent Green!!!


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    Hey peoples!

    Guess what! Heres the latest update on my coffee plantation.

    Ive spotted some mealy bugs (as described here: http://www2.dpi.qld.gov.au/horticulture/5478.html)

    Suss out the pic. What the ants actually do with the mealy bugs is fascinating - the ants provide the mealy bugs with shelter and guard them aggressively from natural predators - and in return they eat the honeydew that is a biproduct of the mealy bug stuff.. iduno.. but its cool.

    Except its not cool cuz they totally ruined that batch of cheries and now theyre also coming up the stem.. I might have to step in with some spray methinks before they ruin everything on my tree and make it mouldy.


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    Lux soap and garlic works a treat on most pests and it will help keep your coffee production organic (no nasty spray).

    Some grated pure lux soap disolved into some hot water with a few cloves of crushed/minced fresh garlic. Strain through a stocking and put it into a spray bottle. Spray your plants a couple of times a week and/or after rain (if you are that lucky).

    It works a treat on roses, chilli and all manner of vegies and I cannot see why it wouldnt work well on coffee.

    Worth a try!


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    Rain??? Whats that?

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    heh heh, rain, man weve got TONS of that lately, my grass was mostly knee high, some upper chest height until Sunday when I got into it with the mower! Gotta love the tropics eh.

    Andy, thanks a ton, awsome, Ill try it, Ive got all that stuff in the cupboard!!!

    Rolley

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    hi there i have to ask,where did you get the plants from youve sparked my interest ive got a large back yard [stuff the neighbours giggles] this sounds like a bit of fun home grown coffee wow,home roasting is one thing but this is something else.it should look good with the bananas.avacados,and all the rest.

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    anyone out there know where i can obtain coffee plants in brisbane,youve got me going now,first it was home roasting ,now its hme grown.

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    Ive been wanting to get some plants for a few years now. I live in a house now where I plan to be for 15+ years, so Im keen to refresh my knowledge of where I can get plants too. I think I have a web page saved on my pc at home - Ill have to dig it out. From memory they sold three seedlings for $20, and would ship them as well.

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    Or you can just use green beans :P

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    Hey everyone,
    Yeah no probs, the only place in my region that sells arabica trees is Fitzroy Nurseries Pty Ltd - in Pink Lilly (which is just outside Rockhampton Qld). The prices were quite fair, especially considering I couldnt get the trees anywhere else.
    Private message me if you cant find their details and Ill send you their number.
    Alternatively, Ive stumbled accross the website for Daleys Nursery quite a few times in my surfing for nice trees - they look very good. Id actually recommend these guys more than anything, because they actually sell different varieties of arabicas. Next few I buy will be from here. Around $10 a pop.. good price.
    heres their site: http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/fruit%20pages/coffee.htm
    Rolley

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    Interesting note at the bottom of the Daleys website:

    Weed Warning: Coffee is a highly attractive small tree very well suited to the subtropical and tropical regions. The layer of seedlings underneath any coffee tree is a clear indication of its germination potential and the bright red sweet coffee berries are a delight for the birds. The bulging coffee industry in Northern NSW has caused some alarm about the potential for this fruit to be a damaging weed in the future. Should you seek to grow your own coffee, we recommend netting the tree and removing the tree is you cease to harvest the berries.

    For Further Information:
    Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation

    --- I wonder - its hard to imagine Coffee being A WEED!!!!!!!!!!! heh.
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    Ahhh at last the cherries have started to ripen! *I picked the first one, looks great, sank in water (floaters are the rotten ones) - left it to soak overnight then popped the seeds out. No flesh to the cherry at all, which was suprising to me.. well.. not entirely no flesh, but you know what i mean!*
    Ive got them on a metal dish to sun dry now - theres still a decent amount of membrain on them.. over time Ill see how I go, and Ill post more photos as I go along!!!
    ;D


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    awesome

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    Hi All,

    Hey Rolley, I guess the cherries are supposed to be blossoming now. I got a tree from work that was nearly dead and brought it back from the brink, and it has happily come back too life in a pot (planted it in the ground 2 days ago) but because of its set back I guess i must have missed this years crop am I correct.

    Thanks
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    OK I think I have a problem, I got hold of 6 kilos of green today and had to go out and buya coffee tree, I have named him "Juan"
    He will be the start of my world domination plan(via coffee)

    Im starting to think Im developing a problem/obession

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    My two plants are named Bill and Ben.

    I suppose I should change them to Guillermo and Benito then.

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    TG the flower pot men still has a good ring to it :D

    oh the plans I have for Juan, thats if I can remember my yr12 biology class :)

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    Hrmmmm,,.. I feel like I have to name my trees now!
    Well.. lets see.. the dogs pulled one out and chewed it to pieces.. its dead so no need to name it.. another completely died when I was on holidays in April and we had very dry windy weather.. thats 2 down... A friend fell over my best tree when he was drunk and broke it in half.. My mower broke down, and the grass was so long I had to start whipersnipping and accidentally chopped me 4th tree completely off about 8 inches from the ground.

    I think i need very tragic names, any one have any ideas?

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    If you have any left, Id suggest Lucky.

    Otherwise youre left with.

    Chewy
    Pruneface
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Well my suggestions for the 4 trees:

    Dog-gone
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