The Coffee plant is a tropical shrub or tree, which flowers and produces fruit known as a “cherry” (to which it has no botanical relation). Planting usually occurs in the wet season because moist soil allows the roots to best opportunity to establish themselves.
Coffee plants have a strong woody trunk that sprouts thin branches covered in wide, flat and waxy spear-shaped leaves. The flower blossom is white and highly fragrant – reminiscent of jasmine.
Generally speaking, the higher the growing altitude of the coffee, the denser the fruit is, translating to a more intense flavour in the cup.
A coffee plant ripe with cherries in Colombia