Or a coffee plant photo taken after one too many coffees?
I don't actually drink coffee. I did when I was younger and lived in Europe, I thought myself very chic, and it wasn't until a long time later that I realised coffee made me feel sick in the stomach. So I stopped drinking it and now I am strictly a tea lass. And I love a good cup of tea.
But there weren't selling tea at that enormous hardware store we all know, they were selling coffee plants. I needed the letter C for my gardening project, and so a coffee plant is exactly what I bought.
I've no idea how it will do here. I am relatively sure though that I saw someone else in Brisbane growing them on BLF, so hopefully coffee beans will eventuate for me too. I do still love the smell of a good coffee, and I do sometimes wish I still drank it, but in the interests of a happy tummy, I content myself with olfactory pleasures only.
I am hoping to make chocolate covered beans from this bush. I'm reasonably confident I'll be able to bring myself to eat them.
From what little I know about growing coffee, they are an understorey plant, and so appreciate a bit of shelter. I also remember seeing banana plants all around coffee plantations in Brazil, and I think they use the bananas to act as a windbreak.
So I thought I'd pop this coffee plant in next to some banana trees, and try to recreate a little bit of South America for it.