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When does the coffee bloom?

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Blueridgeboy1
11/27/2018 15:00 EST

Last year I visited the Tarrazu coffee region in the highlands south of the Central Valley. Beautiful area. I was told that it is most beautiful when the coffee is in bloom and the hillsides are covered in blossoms and the air is filled with a sweet aroma. When does this occur? Thanks.

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lindyluvsCR
11/27/2018 15:35 EST

I don't know, but near where we live, they are picking the beans right now.

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Kohl
11/27/2018 23:19 EST

Varies by location and time of year.

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lindyluvsCR
11/28/2018 17:14 EST

Blueridge - After rethinking your post, I have often smelled in the air what to me smelled like Magnolias in Florida. Maybe it was the flowers from coffee plants. Always wondered what it was.

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Blueridgeboy1
11/28/2018 20:13 EST

lindyluvs, Do you recall what month that was? May?

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carolvaughn
11/29/2018 06:58 EST

For info on coffee blooming season and tours, please see:
https://www.cafebritt.com/experience-britt/journey-to-origin/blooming-season

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lindyluvsCR
11/29/2018 07:21 EST

blueridge - All I know is, I smelled them last night. I never thought about them being coffee plants before, nor have I ever kept track when. But presently have a house we rent out on a coffee farm, and in going up there the last week, they had kids picking the coffee beans.

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Blueridgeboy1
11/29/2018 08:01 EST

carolvaughn Thank you. Exactly the info I have been searching for. Whenever I asked about blooming, people would tell me about harvesting, which happens much later. Your link gives me the info I need to plan my trip this next spring. Muchas gracias.

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Kohl
11/29/2018 14:53 EST

Actually, there is very little fragrance produced by the flowering shrubs. It is very common to see Dracaena fragraran, planted around the perimeter fence line. This produces a beautiful scent.

https://www.ourhouseplants.com/plants/dracaena-fragrans

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carolvaughn
11/29/2018 16:26 EST

WOW. Hardly anyone says thank you on this forum. You are very welcome -- I hope you enjoy every minute of your stay in CR.
For a time the airport in San Jose sold coffee blossom perfume in the gift shop. I bought some, and wished I had bought many more. A delightful, light scent worth wearing every day.

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terracore
12/8/2018 19:31 EST

Coffee is a member of the gardenia family and their flowers smell very similar. We grow coffee in Hawaii and they they tend to bloom on and off all year long.

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Kohl
12/8/2018 22:15 EST

We owned, operated and lived on a coffee farm, here in Costa Rica for 5 years, and I honestly didn't notice a distinct 'perfume' in the air when the coffee was in bloom.

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terracore
12/8/2018 23:42 EST

Next time you see the flowers, take a whiff of them. The smell is AMAZING.

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finnteara
6/12/2019 03:48 EST

Coffee farms in Jamacia and Thailand. It will depend on location, elevation, the length of the rainy season, and mico climates.
so generally the flowering season will begin when the rains start to end and more sun happens. Somewhere in March, April, May, June. Then the flowers drop and then the seed will begin to grow through July, August. Harvesting can begin around September through January.
Coffee is a fruit, and the flowers make a very delicate tea, like olong. You cam make wine out of the fruit.

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Kohl
6/12/2019 10:06 EST

Just had a 'thought' and checked on my past photos of some of our coffee plants and they were taken mid April. This was in the Turrialba area. We picked beans, from June through November.

I made many different wines from various fruits growing on the farm, but the coffee wine was made from roasted beans not the 'cherry.'

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