Close-up at a coffee plantation

coffee trees and shadow trees

Coffee trees do not grow very tall and that is why they are easy to harvest. Here you see coffee trees which are the short plants and the shadow trees which are the tall trees. Coffee trees need shadow trees and that is why is easy to confuse them, especially if you never have seen a coffee tree. La Antigua Guatemala produces one of the best coffees in the world and because it is grown a mid-level altitude (1500 meters) on volcanic soil and with lots of water and humidity in the environment, the resulting coffee is not as bitter as Huehuetenango coffee, yet it is more aromatic; truly as delicious coffee cup (follow the link to see the whole process from the trees to the cup at Finca Filadelfia, photos courtesy of Eve Andersson). On my post on Live green fences you can see a panoramic shot of two coffee plantations divided by a road.

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  • now i see said the blind man, when you showed coffee plantations before i would see all the tall trees and that was all . i would think i didn’t know they got so tall !

  • Ah, so it looks like coffee “trees” are really coffee bushes. Interesting.

  • joy

    I didn’t know that the coffee tree looked this way. They look like the same type tree that wild grapes grow on here. To have such a love for coffee it would seem that I should be able to recognize a coffee tree but not so . . . until now. Thanks!

  • i did some research about you post of guatemala being a pawn of U S and i had read some about the united fruit co. and your country so now i under stand more about your post .

  • It’s interesting to see an actual coffee plantation. I’ve never seen one.
    Green is definitely my favorite colour.

    Greetings from Chile

  • hello rudy, as usual, a wonderful shot of nature. AND of my favourite tree…coffee!

  • Raquel

    Awww, this pic brings back a lot of memories! My first day in Antigua I got to go on a long walk through a coffee Finca and almost everywhere you go around Antigua you can’t miss beautiful fields of coffee. What a classic reminder of the area!

  • Hello everyone, if you are planning for a coffee plantation, coffee trees require a rich, moist loose, well-drained soil best composed of organic matter, decomposed mold, and disintegrated volcanic rock; a well-distributed rainfall of about 40 to 70 inches annually with peak wet season’ high humidity; seven hours of sunshine daily; and plenty of mist and moderate winds. Good luck with that.

  • DeLonghi Coffee Maker, in La Antigua Guatemala can proudly say check to all the requirements you mentioned.