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Coffea arabica 'K7' (Coffee)

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Plant description

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The coffee plant is a highly decorative perennial shrub or small tree that grows in tropical to more temperate climates. It has dense glossy green foliage, fragrant white flowers followed by attractive berries. The berries are green , then turn yellow then red when mature. When dry the berries turn black. Coffee K7 was developed by the NSW Department of Agriculture, and is resistant to berry disease and coffee rust. It is an open, spreading variety that bears well.

Coffee bushes like a moist, free draining, fertile soil. They like a sunny or partly shaded position, preferably protected from strong winds. Regular watering and fertilising produces best growth, and a thick mulch will keep weeds down and improve the soil.

Coffee beans are ground before brewing. Green coffee beans can be brewed, and the resultant drink resembles tea. Coffee beans are usually roasted before use. This can be done by the home grower. They are roasted in a skillet or wok, over heat. A heat gun for paint stripping can also be used with a metal bowl. It is best to roast coffee beans outdoors, as chaff and smoke is produced in the process. The beans first turn yellow, then start to steam, and then crack. They are ready once they crack, but can be left on the heat to roast further if desired. More heating will darken the final product.

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Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: White
Flowering season: summer

Scent

Coffee flowers are perfumed

Plant size

Maximum height: 2.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Diseases

Rust

Pests

Scale

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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