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Coffee Plant Seeds:
Guide to Storing, Sowing and Germination

Updated: October 3, 2022

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages, consumed by millions of people every day. But have you ever wondered where the coffee beans come from? The answer is the coffee plant, which produces the seeds that are roasted to create the coffee beans we all know and love. If you’re interested in growing your own coffee plant, it all starts with the seeds. Here’s a guide to storing, sowing, and germinating coffee plant seeds.

Storing Coffee Plant Seeds

Before you can sow coffee plant seeds, you need to store them properly. Coffee plant seeds can be stored for up to six months if they are kept in a cool, dry place. It’s important to keep them away from any moisture or heat sources that could cause them to spoil. You can store your coffee plant seeds in an airtight container, such as a resealable plastic bag or a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Sowing Coffee Plant Seeds

Once you’ve stored your coffee plant seeds properly, it’s time to sow them. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A seedling tray or small pots
  • Seed-starting soil mix
  • Water
  • Coffee plant seeds

To sow your coffee plant seeds:

  1. Fill your seedling tray or small pots with seed-starting soil mix.
  2. Water the soil until it is moist but not soaking wet.
  3. Place two or three coffee plant seeds on top of the soil in each pot or cell.
  4. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
  5. Water the soil again until it is moist but not soaking wet.

Germinating Coffee Plant Seeds

Now that you’ve sown your coffee plant seeds, it’s time to germinate them. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Place your seedling tray or pots in a warm, bright location that receives indirect sunlight.
  2. Keep the soil moist by watering it regularly, but be careful not to overwater.
  3. The coffee plant seeds should germinate within two to four weeks.

Once your coffee plant seeds have germinated, you can transplant them into larger pots or into your garden if the weather is warm enough.


How long does it take for coffee plant seeds to germinate?

Coffee plant seeds typically take two to four weeks to germinate.

Can I grow a coffee plant indoors?

Yes, you can grow a coffee plant indoors as long as it receives enough light and warmth.

How big do coffee plants get?

Coffee plants can grow up to 30 feet tall in their natural habitat, but when grown indoors or in a pot, they usually stay smaller.

How long does it take for a coffee plant to produce beans?

It takes about three to four years for a coffee plant to start producing beans.

Can I roast my own coffee beans from my coffee plant?

Yes, you can roast your own coffee beans from your coffee plant’s seeds once they have matured and been harvested.