First brought from Rio de Janeiro on the First Fleet in 1788. It has probably been growing on the site since 1788. Numerous attempts were made during the colonial period to establish coffee as a commercial crop, only eventually succeeding after the opening up of northern Queensland for farming in the late 19th century.
A beautiful ornamental plant with lovely deep shiny green leaves. Beautiful white fragrant flowers followed by deep red berries.
Requires a humus rich, free draining moist soil in semi shaded situation. Will not tolerate frost.
Coffee is a mild diuretic and mild laxative. It may improve concentration and reflexes in some people in others there is an increased risk of palpitation of the heart and eventually convulsions.
Coffee is a major world crop.
The plant does have weed potential where the climate is suitably moist.
Currently available from the Growing Friends.