To have everything clear, coffee season it’s only once a year. It starts at the end of October and finishes during the month of February or March, but this depends on the quantity of coffee acres the farm has and the elevation above the sea level. The higher the elevation the longer it takes to start and finish the cropping season because of the climate variation. Another important fact to consider is the human capital, if the farm has enough workers then the season will take the right time to start and finish but if the farm lacks enough workers then it will take longer to collect the coffee and they may encounter with problems such as coffee berries falling from the trees because of exceeded maturity.
So getting back to what´s going on now in the farm, the coffee trees started blooming 4 days ago. They are white as snow and smell so delicious, a little bit like fresh lemon if you can relate it with something, but you really have to smell it yourself and be delighted. These flowers only last a week on the trees and these event means that our coffee trees are already getting ready to bring the new fruits for this year.
Another amazing fact that’s going on during this time is coffee seeds starting to grow. We cropped the seeds during last coffee season (within December since it´s right in the middle of the harvesting season, to collect the right maturity and the strongest fruits) and then hand selected in January. We left them in a mixture of soil and thin layer of sand on top so that the seeds can grow and the roots are not broken when transplanted. Coffee takes 40 days to start growing so we have to cover the seedbed with Spanish moss which grows in the farm naturally. We cover it with moss to have a balanced sunlight and irrigation plus to protect each see from others undergrowth.
Yesterday we took the Spanish moss off because it’s time for each seed to develop their first leaves.