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How to Grow a Coffee Plant from a Seed

It makes me extremely happy that you decided to plant coffee seeds! Before we start to plant them there is some good news and a little bad news.

The good news is that coffee plants are awesome. They have a fantastic lush foliage and they are easy to grow. They are ready to be your green companion for a long time.

The bad news is that I must disappoint you if you expect to drink coffee from your own harvest. If you love them enough and you are lucky like me, one of your plants might reward you with gorgeous jasmine-like flowers and perhaps even give you a few coffee cherries. That’s not enough for a cup of coffee, but enough to give you an idea about how your favorite beverage grows. And the taste of coffee cherry? That is epic!

Chances are you live outside of the coffee growing belt. Coffee loves warmth (not heat) and hates cold weather. Here in Northern California I keep my plants outside from April to November, but during the winter months they have to come indoors.

Jolie is ready to plant. Are you?

So let’s start. First you need a vital coffee seed. This is a tricky part. If you got seeds from us they are most likely vital. They are still in a protected layer called parchment to extend their vitality.

Once you remove that protective layer, the chance of them germinating rapidly decreases. This is why regular green coffee will almost never germinate.

Once you have your seeds, pre-soak them in a cup of water for 24 hours before planting.

After 24 hours prepare a pot with any potting soil and make a hole 1 inch deep. Put the seed into the hole, cover it with soil and keep it in a warm place. Keep the soil moist. If you are very lucky you get the first signs of germination in 3-5 weeks, but if you don’t see anything after 3 months, the germination will most likely not happen.

It is easy. A child can do this. Literally.

For the best results, plant more seeds. In professional settings they plant 3 seeds per pot and they keep the first or strongest sprout and trim the others. I find this slightly barbaric and I like to plant my coffee seeds one per pot, but I plant multiple pots in order to increase my chances.


In short — the joy and happiness of a newborn child!

Well, almost. Your love and care will be rewarded with germinating coffee seeds. First you get a skirt-like first leaf and later the real leaves will follow. This is the moment when you can name them.

After 6 months you can start to feed them, and let me tell you, they are hungry. Their favorite food is nitrogen.

We’re in this together for the long term! Have a great time and feel free to send us photos! We want to see your coffee plants. We promise we will share ours.

Good luck!

If you got seeds from us:
Thank you very much for giving our seeds a chance. We treasure our plants and we hope that your sprouts will give you a piece of our farm in your home. Our favorite setting to drink coffee is at our coffee farm and we are very happy that on some smaller scale we can share this experience with you. May your thumbs be green and your plants flourish!

Sprouting coffee seed by Gabor from Kavekalmar (HU)


  • Hi me and my boyfriend want to get into growing coffee so I’m looking for seeds for him to start with. He wants to grow in high altitude. Any suggestions? Thanks for your time

    • Hi Jamie,

      I think your boyfriend should explore the seeds options in the country he plans to start the farm. Commercial / Agricultural level of planting has it’s own regulations and we know the regulations only in Brazil. Sorry.

  • Dear friend
    I want to grow cafe tree in central California
    How long to got cafe bean ,to grow longer farm and who am I going to sell

    • Hi Daniel, coffee won’t grow in Central California unless you’d do it in a green house. And coffee typically takes 4 years to produce its first yield.

  • ogoolorun zacheaus olusoji

    hi,thanks for the growing step given i want to grow coffee in Nigeria is that possible?

    • HI, these instructions are more for people who grow coffee at home as fun. If you are thinking to start a farm I would recommend to find a coffee farmers forum f.e. on facebook. Good luck!

      • ogoolorun zacheaus olusoji

        i actually want to grow this at home sir
        ,as i don`t have a farm yet,and as student so has to have clue about it,i might have farm in future and become a more modernist farmer who knows sir

  • I currently have a coffee bean tree growing in my sunroom and want to start another one from the seeds. Should I simply bury the red berry or should I soak the berry 24 hours and plant the beans? By the way, I live in Western Pennsylvania and when the weather warms up I put my tree outside under the pine tree.

    • Hi Eunice. If you have a coffee cherry, then remove the seeds and leave them on parchment. Soak them. It should work. I have mine in Fairfax, CA (cold nights) and I already have some cherries on them. The trees are 6y old. Good luck!

  • I am interested in growing my own coffee beans and brewing my own coffee just for fun. However, I read from your article that that MAY not be possible? Any ideas on how I can achieve this? I live in Sarasota, Florida.

    • Hi Alan, thanks for your message. Growing coffee in the US is tricky. Most likely you would need a green house. You are in Florida and there could be a chance, but there are just too many variables at play. I don’t have experience growing coffee in the U.S. out in the fields, so you will probably learn more from the farmers in Hawaii or in So-Cal? Our farm is in Brazil, in an outstanding area to grow coffee. I apologize for not being able to give you a better answer.

  • I would like to grow my own coffee and brew it as well for fun. However, in your article you state that that would not be possible. Any tips on how I can achieve this? Thank you. I live in Sarasota, FL

    • Hi Alan, sorry for the late reply. I do not think growing coffee professionally in Florida is possible, but for fun it is. I grow mine in pots and I bring them inside for winter. I live in Northern CA (close to San Francisco). Most of my plants bloom and yield few cherries. Good luck!

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