If you are like me, after a few times of brewing your coffee at home, you may start thinking if it is possible to grow coffee at home. I am not going to grow coffee beans. At least, as at the time of writing this post, I do not have any such intentions. Still, I wondered if it was possible to grow coffee beans at home.

The research didn’t reveal anything surprising and in this post, I will give you the load down on how to grow coffee at home and whether or not it is even worth experimenting with. I imagine growing your own beans at home to be a rewarding experience as you will see the growth and changes of one of your favourite beverages right in your backyard (or in a pot indoors)

ripe coffee cherries
Ripe coffee cherries

How To Grow Coffee At Home

To start growing your own coffee plant at home, you’d need to find seedlings, cherries or green coffee beans for an arabica coffee plant – preferably freshly picked coffee cherries or green seeds. Once you’ve either extracted the beans from the cherry or purchased green coffee beans alone, you’re ready to plant.

Next, you will need the right soil. Keep in mind how arabica coffee plants grow in their natural habitats — they are located in tropical, mountainous regions that receive high humidity and significant water. Your soil must be rich with nutrients and allow for the plant’s roots to penetrate deep. You’ll also need to ensure the plant has proper drainage — excess water is not good for the plant.

Wiki has a comprehensive how to grow coffee at home guide with pictures.

10 Essential Tips for Growing Coffee At Home

  1. Dedicate a Space: Whether indoors or outdoors, make sure your coffee plant has enough space to grow without interference,
  2. Indoor vs. Outdoor Growth: Consider growing your plant indoors to protect it from direct sunlight and harse temperatures.
  3. Light Requirements: Place your indoor plant in an area with diffused sunlight, avoiding direct sunlight.
  4. Humidity and Temperature: Maintain humidity and regulate temperature for indoor growth, or consider a greenhouse for outdoor growth.
  5. Starting Your Plant: Obtain seedlings, cherries, or green coffee beans for planting, ensuring they are arabica coffee plant varieties.
  6. Choosing the Right Soil: Use nutrient-rich soil with proper drainage and a pH close to 6 for optimal growth.
  7. Watering and Humidity: Keep soil slightly moist and use a pebble tray to maintain humidity.
  8. Fertilization and Pruning: Fertilize when needed, check pH levels regularly, and prune regularly for healthy growth.
  9. Repotting: Repot your plant as it grows, ensuring the roots have enough room to thrive.
  10. Flowering and Harvesting: Be patient, as it may take a few years for your plant to flower and produce cherries. Harvest ripe cherries and process the beans to enjoy your home-grown coffee.

Potential Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Growing coffee plants at home can be challenging, especially if you live in a climate that is not ideal for coffee cultivation.

Below are some common challenges and how to overcome them:

  1. Pests: Coffee plants are susceptible to pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Keep an eye out for signs of pest infestation and treat them urgently.
  2. Diseases: Coffee plants can be affected by fungal diseases such as leaf rust and coffee berry disease. To prevent these diseases, make sure your plants are not overcrowded, and provide good air circulation.
  3. Climate: If you live in a climate that is not suitable for coffee cultivation, consider growing your plants indoors or in a greenhouse. Provide supplemental heat and humidity where necessary.


In conclusion, to grow coffee at home requires patience and attention to detail. It can be a rewarding experience to see your coffee grow from seed to your favourite mug. By following these tips and guidelines, you can grow coffee plants at home and enjoy a taste of the tropics right in your own backyard.

Want to get quality coffeee? Check out Zuma Coffee’s store for fresh coffee bean and green beans too.