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About the Growing Coffee

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coffee beans on tree1) How tall do the coffee trees get?

  • Coffee trees can reach 20 feet or more tall if they are not pruned. To maximize production and make hand picking more feasible we prune our trees on a regular basis. It also depends on the coffee species, our Kona Typica trees average around 10 to 12 feet tall at their peak. While the Caturra tree averages around 6-7 feet high.

2) What makes a coffee tree organic?

  • Organic coffee is coffee produced without the aid of artificial chemical substances, such as certain additives or some pesticides and herbicides. This means only using approved soil amendments, fertilizers, such as organic fish meal, etc.

3) How do you fertilize the coffee trees?

  • Just like any other plant, the coffee trees need nutrients to thrive. Depending on the condition of the trees, soil analysis and weather we use appropriate fertilizers three or four times a year.

4) How many people does it take to pick a coffee farm?

  • When the harvest is abundant, experienced pickers can harvest as much as 300 pounds per day. Depending on the size of the farm, often teams of three to ten or more pickers will pick the ripe cherries in a few days. The pickers will return a few weeks later to harvest the cherries that have ripened in the interim.

5) What is shade grown coffee? And is your farm shade grown?

  • Shade grown coffee is distinguished by a farm that is set up so that the coffee is planted under a canopy of taller trees to provide needed rest for the coffee from the harsh sunlight. In the Kona area, often coffee grown at lower elevations, below 1,500 feet, benefit from shade from the harsh sun. At higher elevations like our Cloud Forest Organic Plantation, cooler temperatures and afternoon clouds are more prevalent and shade trees are not used to protect the coffee