Not quite a coffee farmer … yet

Almost two-and-a-half years ago, Dennis became interested in growing coffee and wrote this blog post, Roasting coffee beans in a pizza oven on Bequia, for me. That proved to be a very popular post, as a matter of fact! Then last Sept., we wrote another post on the coffee bean production here at The View: An update on roasting coffee beans in a pizza oven on Bequia.

So here we are, another 7 months later, and we have good news! No, don’t run away to plug in your grinder and boil water just yet! But there have been significant developments in the two surviving bushes in our garden, as shown in the following photos …



Although perhaps this development is not fast-enough for Dennis’s liking.


A farmer out standing in his field …

He did manage to harvest a few beans from the first growth last fall, though … about 3 or 4 “cherries”, to be precise. And once they were dried and ready, they were planted in Jan., and have been slowly growing into 8 more coffee bushes that will eventually be planted out sometime later in the year – or possibly next spring. A coffee drinker needs the patience of Job to be able to withstand the waiting time it takes to grow enough beans just for one pot of coffee!!

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10 responses

  1. Good luck with your coffee growing venture!!

  2. Wishing you the patience of Job. I have bananas growing and about the time I think I’m ready to harvest the critters get them. Happens every year.

    1. One of the biggest problems we’ve discovered with gardening anything here – critters and insects get to everything before we do!

  3. bettyjanehegerat

    To even imagine growing my own coffee beans gives me a shiver of pleasure. Remember Juan Valdez and his mule Conchita? Perhaps Dennis needs the serape, the sombrero, and a mule?

  4. Or avocados in Scotland! Though, apparently we have at least two tea plantations here now.

  5. Slowly, slowly catchee coffee beans 😄😄😄

    1. They take much longer to grow than bananas!!

      1. I bet I they do 😄😄😄

  6. A bit like me trying to grow olives … 😦

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