I live in the Netherlands, where the climate is very unstable. Whilst I love my coffee and love doing a lot of stuff myself, the urge to grow my own coffee had risen. I was wondering if the Dutch climate makes for good coffee / coffee plants.
Coffee is considered a tropical plant and is not going to overwinter in the Netherlands. It makes a good house plant but there are some obstacles between you and a cup of coffee you grew and processed yourself.
- a plant capable of fruiting is two to three meters tall
- it is usually three to five years old before flowering and producing beans
- the beans can take nine months to ripen on the plant
- under good cultivation one tree can produce one to two kilograms of beans a year depending on variety
More notes about cultivation are found here:
Important growing factors are:
Avoiding excessive cold and heat.
1200-1500mm of rain per annum.
A few hours of light per day.
No strong winds.
Altitude - The higher the better.
The last might be the most challenging for growing coffee in the Netherlands.
Why not start seeds and grow them in a container this year? You can bring it inside before cold weather threatens and take it with you when you move. I am pretty sure coffee plants are zone 10. I saw one in the Logee's Greenhouse catalog the other day and thought it would be cool to grow one, but then came to my senses and decided I wouldn't want one more plant that I had to overwinter inside.
I've linked the coffee plant page from Logee's because it tells you a tiny bit about the temps and conditions the coffee plants need.
Here is a link that might be useful: Coffee Plant