If you love coffee so much, why not try growing your own. They are beautiful ornamental plants and have small, fragrant flowers. The bonus of course is that you’ll have your own beans available if you tend your plant carefully.
A coffee plant can grow to be a 50 foot tall tree if left to itself. Normally though, they are kept pruned to a mere 6 feet commercially. You will normally find them simply tagged as Arabica or Robusta at a garden store. You can grow them in containers so don’t worry about not having a garden.
No one can guaranty that you’ll have a good harvest (ask any coffee grower) so your plant may just supply you with beauty and a conversation piece. Who knows though; you may just end up like Pat Pearlman, this years Kona Coffee fest cupping winner.
Speaking of conversation pieces, try this coffee drink for something different about your cup of joe. Pour a halfcup of coffee over some ice cubes then add 1/4 cup carbonated water or cola.Garnish it with a strip of orange, lemon or lime and you r coffee soda is all set.
[tags] coffee,garden,plant,coffee recipe,Kona [/tags]
Originally posted on November 12, 2006 @ 6:24 pm