Trader Joe's Is Selling Coffee Plants—Here's What to Do With Them

Maki Yazawa

Trader Joe’s has done it again. This cult-favorite grocery store has taken its merchandise game to the next level with our new latest obsession: coffee plants. For all the coffee aficionados out there, you can officially start growing your own beans from the comfort of your home. Instagram user @traderjolene shared pictures of her lively plant, making us all want to drop everything to go pick one up. Prove your unwavering loyalty to your morning cup of joe by nurturing your own coffee plant for the freshest harvest possible (or at least a very sophisticated addition to your garden). 

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How to Take Care of a Coffee Plant

Now that you’ve likely run out to the store to secure your own coffee plant, here are some essential tips for how to successfully care for your new plant baby at home. Aside from the exciting possibility of harvesting your own beans for a fresh cup of brew, this evergreen, easy-to-care plant is perfect for plant parenting newbies or experienced gardeners alike. Coffee plants thrive most in humid, damp soil and should be kept in an area with indirect sun in your home or garden. You should also keep your plant shielded from any harsh drafts or cool temperatures that fall below 65°F, as it may cause damage, especially in the wintertime. 

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How to Grow Your Coffee Plant

Once your plant reaches about eight inches in height, you will want to transfer it into a larger pot; use organic potting soil and make sure that the container drains well to avoid over-saturating the roots. When your plant has tripled in size, you will want to gradually repeat the repotting process to adjust to its growing structure. With proper conditions and care, your plant can grow up to six feet tall!

How to Harvest Coffee Beans

Your coffee plant will begin flowering within one to three years, depending on its height, structure and condition. When the plant enters the flowering phase (which lasts about one month), aromatic white flowers will begin to grow. In order to grow fruit, the coffee plant will either self-pollinate (Arabica) or require cross-pollination (Robusta). Once the flower is pollinated, it will produce a berry known as a coffee cherry that will yield about one to two coffee beans per fruit as it ripens in about six months time. When the coffee cherry changes color from green to dark red, it is ready to pick. 

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How Much Coffee Will It Really Make 

When it comes to harvesting your own coffee beans at home, patience is definitely a key component, as it can potentially take months or even years to harvest. For the time being, you may still need to rely on buying your go-to, store-bought coffee, while your plant matures into adulthood. Unfortunately, in order to sustainably source your own coffee, you will need to grow about 30 coffee plants to produce enough beans (that’s a lot of space!). Though one Trader Joe’s coffee plant may not fill your cup of coffee every day, it still is an exciting new (and affordable) contribution to your house plant collection. 

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