at its Best
by George Yasuda
If planted and cared
for properly a coffee orchard can produce an average
of 21 pounds of coffee cherry per tree after only
2 years of growth! The industry average is only
7 pounds of coffee per tree.
When you can have great tasting coffee, and a high
quality, high yielding, efficient, picturesque Kona
coffee orchard why do some settle for less? If done
right your farm will bear shiny, dark green, super healthy,
eight foot tall Kona coffee trees laden with 10 to 12
pounds of cherry in just one year of growth. By the
second year these same trees can reach loads of 20 to
30 pounds of cherry. An added bonus of a healthy and
properly planted orchard is that 70 percent of this
coffee will yield a high grade of either Fancy or Extra
Trees can reach the height
of 7 feet within the first 10 months of growth.
Expert coffee grower emphasizes proper nutrition
and correct orchard maintenance to achieve maximum
yields. Below: After one and a half years these
flowering 11 foot trees will produce nearly 30 pounds
of coffee cherry in the coming fall.
Coffee trees when given the right care should live
to be more than 100 years old and produce generous amounts
of coffee all the way from the first year through its
nearly century of growth.
The industry average for coffee production per tree
after five to seven years of growth is only 7 pounds
of cherry. Why settle for such low numbers when you
can achieve nearly 21 pounds per tree after two years?
Thats like having one acre produce what the industry
average produces in three acres of land.
A guess work approach to growing coffee will result
in costly errors over the life of the orchard. Correct
care starts even before the first tree is planted. Agriculture
and horticulture is a science. Installing and caring
for a coffee orchard requires proven techniques in care,
nutrition, pruning and several other factors. Cutting
corners during installation and care results in higher
costs and poor tree performance in the long run.
Yasuda coffee orchard.
What makes the difference between a high yielding orchard
and a low one you ask. The simple answer is seeking
out the proper advice and counseling to assure you of
a finely-tuned program, proper foundation work, and
time tested techniques researched and developed by Agriculture
specialist, George Yasuda of Tiare Lani Coffee, Inc.
George can be reached at 808-324-1495 or through email
at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Come take a drive with George to
experience first hand what a high quality, high yielding
orchard looks like and be a part of Kona coffee at its
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