Coffee is ...

2017-11-21 06:00

EVERYONE recognises a roasted coffee bean, but you might not recognise an actual coffee plant.

Coffee trees are pruned short to conserve their energy and aid in harvesting, but can grow to more than nine metres high.

Each tree is covered with green, waxy leaves growing opposite each other in pairs.

Coffee cherries grow along the branches and because it grows in a continuous cycle, it’s not unusual to see flowers, green fruit and ripe fruit simultaneously on a single tree.

It takes nearly a year for a cherry to mature after first flowering, and about five years of growth to reach full fruit production.

While coffee plants can live up to 100, they are generally the most productive between the ages of seven and 20.

Proper care can maintain and even increase their output over the years, depending on the variety. The average coffee tree produces 4,5 kilograms of coffee cherry per year, or one kilogram of green beans.

All commercially grown coffee is from a region of the world called the Coffee Belt.

The trees grow best in rich soil, with mild temperatures, frequent rain and shaded sun. - www.ncausa.org/About-Coffee/What-is-Coffee

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