The Coffee Plant: A Journey to Growth
If you’re a coffee lover, chances are you’ve wondered at some point how long it takes for the beans to reach your cup. Well, wonder no more! Let’s take a journey through the process of growing coffee plants and discover just how long it really takes.
The Seedlings’ Start
It all begins with the planting of seedlings, which can take up to six months to sprout. These little guys require ample water and sunlight in order to thrive. They will grow into saplings over the course of roughly one year.
After two or three years, these saplings will finally begin bearing fruit – small white flowers that give way to green berries. It may seem like an eternity has passed already, but this is only the beginning!
These green berries spend up to ten months maturing on their trees before they are ready for harvest. During this time they undergo a color change from green to red as well as experience changes in chemical composition that make them suitable for roasting and brewing.
Ready for Harvest!
Finally, after around three years since planting those initial seeds comes time for harvesting. Workers should pluck ripe cherries from branches by hand (no machines here!). Depending on climate conditions during growth periods plus harvest season timing factors such as rain can affect yield quantity too – if things work out perfectly then picked cherries can come off tree branches all at once while other times there may be several pickings required resulting in varying ripening stages being collected over days or even weeks!
In total, it takes about 3-4 years from seedling planting until coffee production starts up any yields become commercially viable – but don’t worry though because when you sip on a cup of coffee, you are sipping on years of dedicated hard work!