Growing Coffee Beans Indoors

Last Updated on October 18, 2021 by Guillermina

Growing coffee beans indoors can be a fun experience. If you are a coffee lover, you should try to plant coffee in your home and get access to unlimited fresh coffee beans throughout the year.

Before we get to the bottom, let’s first talk about coffee. A cup of coffee will probably cost around $2 or more. Think about how many times you drink coffee in a month. If you have your coffee plant at home, you could save the money that you could have used to buy an expensive cup of coffee.

Moreover, a homegrown coffee bean is very healthy.

Growing Coffee Beans Indoors: Coffea Arabica Explained

The coffee plant is a beautiful little specimen with glossy green leaves and a small growth habit. Even when they’re grown indoors, they won’t destroy your ambiance. It makes a surprisingly good potted indoor plant.

Coffea arabica is native to Ethiopia. It will blossom in the spring with small white flowers and then produce half-inch berries. These red cherries will gradually turn to blackish pods. Each of the fruit has two seeds, which become coffee beans that you can use to brew coffee.  

Take note, however, that the other parts of the Coffea arabica are toxic to both humans and animals. Hence, you need to be extra careful when growing coffee beans indoors. Are you excited to grow your coffee? Read on and learn a thing or two about growing coffee.

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Growing Coffee Beans Indoors: Caring for Your Coffee Plant


Coffee plants lean toward dappled daylight or full daylight in more vulnerable scopes. They are really understory plants (existing under the timberland shelter) and don’t flourish in immediate, unforgiving daylight. Coffee establishes that are presented to a lot of direct daylight will foster the browning of leaves.


Plant Coffee beans in a rich, peat-based gardening soil with magnificent drainage. Coffee plants lean toward acidic soil. So if your plant isn’t flourishing add natural matter, for example, sphagnum peat greenery to expand soil pH. Coffee beans love pH ranging from 6 to 6.5.


These plants are water sweethearts and require both standard and adequate watering. The dirt should remain equally wet yet not waterlogged. Never permit the soil to dry out completely.3

Temperature and Humidity

The ideal normal temperature range for coffee plants is a daytime temperature. This means you need to find somewhere that 70 to 80 degrees. In the evening, temperature between 65 to 70 degrees is ideal. Higher (more blazing) temperatures can speed up development, yet higher temperatures are not great for developing plants for their beans. Organic products need to age at a lethargic, consistent speed.

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Furthermore, because these plants normally develop on the sides of tropical mountains, they flourish in exceptionally sticky conditions which as a rule get a lot of downpour and mist. A mugginess level of 50% or higher should get the job done. If the air is too dry, the leaf edges may begin to brown. Fog the plant day by day to raise the mugginess level.


Feed with a weak liquid fertilizer all through the growing season. When winter comes, you can slow down the watering because the soil takes time to dry when the weather is cold.

Types of Coffee Plants That You Can Grow Indoors

  • Coffea arabica ‘Nana’: This is a dwarf variety of coffee, which is perfect for growing indoors. This type of coffee plant grows 12-inches tall only. That means it could also make a perfect décor plant indoors. 
  • Coffea canephora: Commonly known as robusta coffee, this variety comes from native sub-Saharan Africa. It has a robust stem and can grow indoor. However, it is not always favored because it has a very strong taste. 
  • Coffea libericaLike the Coffea canephora, this type of coffee plant is also native to central and western Africa. It was first discovered in Liberia because of the large fruits. It has a higher caffeine content than arabica beans but lower than Robusta beans. 

When growing coffee beans indoors, you must choose the right variety. Some coffee beans can grow like shrubs and you don’t want these types indoors. In any case, you can experiment with these three types of coffee in your home. 

Growing Coffee Beans Indoors and Propagation

Growing coffee from cuttings is just like growing cuttings from other plants. Coffee beans are generally grown through cuttings. The best time to grow coffee beans is during spring. Once you have pruned the brand of your coffee bean, you can transfer it into another pot. 

Use a great potting medium. You can use the same gardening mix you have used for growing cactus. Make sure it has good draining and mix it with 20% perlites. If successful, you should be able to see some roots growing in roughly 4-6 weeks. Try to keep the soil temperature around 72° – 77° degrees Fahrenheit for best results.

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Growing Coffee Beans Indoors And Pest Control 

 Growing coffee beans indoors may still run the risk of pest infestation. If you see the following signs, you should check your coffee right away if there are pests. Otherwise, you just need to find the perfect care for your coffee plant.

  • Green leaves dropping off – Falling leaves can be a sign of pest infestation or underexposure. If you see no pests under the leaves, try to move your coffee plant to a brighter location. 
  • Brown, dead leaf edges – This is a typical issue with Arabica coffee, especially when you placed it under the sun. If the leaves are completely brown, you have to cut them off.
  • Leaves lose their glossy look – This is usually assigned to too much direct sunlight. When this happens, try to move your coffee plant somewhere sun-safe in your home
  • Mildew – Show its face by causing fluffy gray or white deposits on the leaves. If you see some fungus in your coffee plants, try to spray them with neem oil. We love need oil because it is very natural. Compared with strong pesticides, it will not affect the taste and quality of your produce. Organically grown coffee beans are always better than commercial ones.

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