It’s funny the coincidences that pop up in life now and again. Today, I had just finished placing an online order for some specialty coffees when I happened to go into my bedroom, where there are a lot of plants. Walking through the door, I was hit with this wonderful, different, yet somehow familiar fragrance.
The coffee tree, Coffea arabica, that I had snagged for myself last year when we got in a large shipment of more uncommon tropical fruit trees was in full bloom. The branches were covered in large white blooms with a fragrance similar to citrus blooms, but with a bit of spiciness to them. The fragrance was more subtle than the sometimes overpowering citrus blooms. I also noticed that my Key lime had a few flowers open, but because of the sheer number of flowers on the coffee tree, it was the dominant fragrance in the room. I had noticed last week while watering plants that the coffee tree was loaded with buds, but had since forgotten about it due to other work-related tasks occupying my brain.
What a wonderful surprise! And all of this coming from one of the easier plants to take care of in my tropical collection. There were a few times this winter when the indoor plants didn’t get watered for a couple of weeks at a time. During this time, I lost one of my two chocolate trees, a couple of hot peppers, and my basil. The eggplants and a couple of other plants had also suffered, but they’re slowly recovering. I’ll definitely have to keep my eye out for coffee trees this summer, especially larger size ones.
Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be blessed with a crop of coffee beans. I haven’t grown a coffee tree before so this is all new to me. To a coffee addict such as myself (I currently have 27 different kinds of coffee, espresso, lattes, etc. in the house, eight flavoured syrups, and a large number of new coffees coming with the above-mentioned order), just the thought of getting my own coffee beans and roasting them myself is exhilarating. I think this might call for a Creme Caramel Cappuccino with raw sugar sprinkled on top to celebrate.