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Topic: germinating green coffee (4 msgs / 125 lines)
1) From: Dan Bollinger
Not at all. Fresh green beans from a recent crop will germinate.  It just
takes 2-3 months in carefully controlled environment to accomplish!  Read
this:http://www.coffeeresearch.org/agriculture/homegrowing.htmDan
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2) From: Kevin DuPre
Back in February, I bought 6 Kona seeds and tried to
grow them.  The conditions they cite (between 50 and
80, shady) are readily available and there is actually
one roaster here in Michigan who has coffee trees
growing in his window.
I'm looking at doing this to add some interest and
novelty to my hobby (obsession). But the Kona seeds
from Hawaii did not germinate.
I just recently tried to germinate some Columbian
Supremo, but that hasn't taken either.
At the risk of sounding dumb, is there something done
to green coffee seeds that prevent them from being
germinated?
There must be someone on this list who has tried to
grow coffee at home, if only as a conversation piece.
Kevin
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3) From: Charlie Herlihy
Kevin DuPre wroteI just recently tried to
germinate some Columbian
Supremo, but that hasn't taken either.
At the risk of sounding dumb, is there something done
to green coffee seeds that prevent them from being
germinated?
There must be someone on this list who has tried to
grow coffee at home, if only as a conversation piece.
Kevin<
 Most green coffee beans have been washed after
sitting in a tank of water having a sticky fruit
residue fermented off for a day or two, then most are
put in a drying machine, followed by a week in the
sun. Finally they go through a mill to remove a hard
inner skin, then travel a great distance to get to
you. All very hard on seeds that would prefer to fall
in a moist, shady,jungle soil, be covered with falling
leaves and have some of the decomposing fruit to feed
the emerging seedling. They are not a grain seed like
wheat. Sometimes they'll sprout anyway in your home,
and sometimes, not often, they'll even grow into a
little bush. A dry processed coffee might have a
better chance, and if what you bought from Kona was
labled as "seed coffee" then there should have been
some germenation. There are many restrictions on
"viable seeds" brought into the country, but green
coffee is considered by US customs not to be viable
seed, and it usually, but not always, isn't.
Charlie 
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4) From: Robert Cantor
you have to get seeds with the parchment on, then they may take 2-8 weeks to
germinate.  you have to keep them moist but not let fungi grow that whole
time.  I got 6 plants out of 25 beans, they grew three years then my dog dug
them up and killed them.  For $10 I bought a 5 year old plant at a local
greenhouse.  It was more than worth it.  :)
Many growers will send you a few seeds with an order if you're interested -
they have a lot that fall to the ground.  Cea Smith has provided some of us
with seeds.  But by the time the beans get to the brokers or Tom, they're
dead.
Bob C.
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