Anyone here is growing coffee in the US? Do you think it is possible that maybe somehow in the near decade or something, we would be able to grow lots and lots of Arabica coffee in the US (aside from Hawaii)??? About 6 months ago, I purchased 14 baby arabica coffee plants from gurney, and well 6 of them didnt make it : (... the remaining 8, they're growing...slowly...very slowly : )! Drop me a few lines if you got any tips on how I can continue taking good care of them!!! Maybe we could start a growing coffee group too...!!yay!
Yes indeed, commercial coffee growing in the United States (outside of Hawaii) does indeed take place. Yonah (sleeping bear) Coffee of Georgia grows arabica coffee seed imported from Honduras. We have been growing for several years in specially equiped green houses, but 7 months of the year the plants grow openly under mountain oak trees at 1,680 ft altitude. They are happy and now over 4 feet tall, see "The Grove" at www.yonahcoffee.com.
Yes, just like grape vineyards that came to the North Georgia Mountains twenty years ago, coffee has arrived. PH, watering, humidity, temperature are very much like orchids, but with careful attention, we are making an industry of growing Gerogia Java.
Richard & candelario