In this module we will introduce some of the agricultural challenges of growing coffee. Farmers and producers from all over the coffee world will introduce the enemies of our beloved coffee plant. We will update this section regularly.
Ojo De Gallo (3:18)
Ojo De Gallo (Mycena citricolor) is a fungus which attacks the coffee trees. Maria Ruiz shows what this looks like and explains what a farm can do to fight it.
Derrite (Phoma costarricensis) is another fungus that attacks the coffee trees. Willem explains the problem on his Geisha at Finca Sofia.
Nutrition Deficiency (1:43)
Newly-planted coffee plants have to do a lot of fighting at Finca Sofia’s elevation. Willem tells us what is happening with his Geisha coffee plants and explains how to give them TLC.
Broca is a beet coffee berry borer beetle (Hypothenemus hampe) native to Africa that makes the coffee cherry its home. Nowadays this beetle is found on coffee farms all over the world and it is considered to be the most harmful pest around. Kelly Hartman from Finca Hartman in Panama will show you what this coffee-loving beetle looks like and what a coffee farm can do to fight it.
Roots On Branches(1:09)
A natural approach to coffee cultivation is both fashionable and sensible, but there are a few challenges. Rooting on branches is an interesting example: the shade trees on the coffee farms provide home for a huge variety of birds, some of which like to eat coffee cherries. The coffee seeds end pass through their digestive systems, and when their droppings land on the branches, the seed germinates and roots into the existing coffee plant. Kelly Hartmann tells us more.
Kelly Hartman from Finca Hartmann in Panama introduces us to the nursery at Finca Hartman and shows us how they prepare the new coffee transplants.