Level 2 - 28th - 30th June
Venue: Torch Coffee Lab, Yunnan, China
Class conducted in bilingual (English & Chinese).
All coffee courses conduct in Yunnan, Pu’Er, China is inclusive of a Coffee Farm Trip
Genetic Improvements, Nursery & Varietals
The GI, Nursery & Varietals module is based on three main components which are the study of suitable micro-climates, efficient cropping systems and well adapted genetic materials.
This course equips students to grow high quality coffee specifically in understanding into how different types of varietals respond to different circumstances such as tolerance to water, efficient photosynthesis, weather stresses, and pests & disease.
Day 1: Overview of nursery general best practices. Different styles of nurseries, pros and cons. Importance of time of year. Design, materials, fertilizer use, pest and disease control, etc. Discussion of growing different coffee varietals in a nursery, pros and cons. Cupping.
Day 2: Looking more specifically at nursery designs used in the local region. Most common designs, as well as potential improvements. In-depth discussion of current varietals grown in region, history, reasons behind decision to start growing. Further discussion about potential of current varietals as well as potential for new. Cupping.
Day 3: Design/build seedbox, plant seedlings, apply fertilizer, cover box, etc. Afternoon discussion about soil quality, transplanting coffee from seed box to bags, as well as ideal locations on a farm for each stage of the nursery (seed box, bags, etc.) Review of fertilizer application importance and timing, pruning and stumping, etc.
- The Level 2 is suitable if you are already part of the industry, working in the field covered by the module, and have a firm knowledge of the basic skills.
- Pre-requisite: Nursery Level 1 (recommended only)