<--Previous  Up  Next-->

BrasilCoffee2005_001

These are the 30 year old Catuai trees that were cut to a stump 1 year before. This is standard practice everywhere in coffee cultivation. The cut ranges from every 7 years to as much as 10, but a coffee tree simply won't produce when most of its growth is woody. Coffee cherry comes from blooms on the herbacious part of the branch, the new growth. There are less dramatic trimmings done each year, including a "skeleton" cut that trims the tree to it's bones, but does not reduce the height like the 7 year cut. This plot is not irrigated.