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Altrei Coffee (10 seeds) (JS198) $4.50
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Altrei Coffee

         
 
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Altrei Coffee is one of the great discoveries of Ethnobotanists in the last 10 years!  Tucked away in the Tyrolian Alps in Northern Italy there is a postercard beautiful village called Altrei.  there a small number of families had been preserving a tradition that seems to go back hundreds and hundreds of years.  Nowadays they call it Altrei Coffee, in the past it was a hoit drink made from the roasted seeds of a lupine.  Scientifically the lupine is known as Lupinus pilosus.  It is actually found over a rather large swath in the mediterranean, however, the Altrei villagers have a variety that when roasted is not bitter and is almost a dead ringer for real coffee!  Joe first met the Werth Family about 5 years ago after Dr. Klaus pistrick of the Gatersleben Seed bank gave Joe 3 seeds of Altrei Coffee and sparked his curiosity.  Joe made his way to Altrei and searched out the Werth family who had been documented as growing Altrei Coffee.  Bemused by the original visit, Otto gave Joe a few seeds which were later offered on Richter's Herb Website.  The seeds sold out almost instantly, in Canada it was very interesting to imagine that you could grow your own "coffee" in a cool to cold environment.  These seeds are worthy of a kings ransom, Altrei Coffee was preserved because only 6 families were continuing the tradition of growing it.  Otto Werth's family was among them.  This lupine thrives in fertile acidic soil in cooler regions ( remember it grows in the Northern italian Alps)!  If you buy this precious seed please multiple it and share it- it is that rare!

 
Altrei Coffee
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 4
Easy to Grow 1.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0

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Nickname:
fronklowes
Location:
Joplin, MO
Date:
October 2, 2014
          5.0
 
Beautiful
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? vibrant colors

What are the cons? none

Review:

Update: I ended up with quite a few plants that sprouted, so I experimented a little bit. It does not appear that these plants like a lot of shade or intense sun, somewhere inbetween seems to work best in high heat. Also, when they are small, beware of worms eating them. They thrived in pots, though, and a couple of them weathered the 100 plus degree temperatures and began flowering again when the temperatures went down just a bit. Life got in the way, so they were not watered well at the end of the summer, but were trying for a second flush of blooms anyway. Lack of attention finally killed them...A word of caution--let the pods brown on the plant quite a bit because if you pick them with too much green, they seeds inside aren't fully mature. For those wondering, I had pods that yielded 1, 2, and 3 seeds each,so there is quite a bit of variation. The 1-seeded pods had bigger seeds,though. These flowers are some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen,definitely worth growing.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By fronklowes 2 Oct 2014

0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
pellen
Location:
St. Louis, MO
Date:
May 22, 2014
          5.0
 
Watch the birds
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? waiting

What are the cons? birds

Review:

I soaked the seeds for about 12 hours, then planted in soaked peat pots in an uncovered tray of water to enjoy the sun. When I checked on them later that day, birds had eaten half the seeds. I put the remainder in the basement for a week. Still no germination on the remaining seeds. I've two seeds left in the packet, going to try the 3 day soak and direct plant with a planter of sweet potatoes

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By pellen 22 May 2014

7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
fronklowes
Location:
Joplin, MO
Date:
May 7, 2014
          5.0
 
Germination Method
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? NA

What are the cons? NA

Review:

For those like myself who are trying to grow this, I thought I'd share a germination method that seems to work. One of my seed books suggested for lupines you should pour warm water over the seeds and let them soak for 3 days, allowing them to plump up, and then plant them. I did that and within a few days several sprouted (three healthy, one sickly). I put the three healthy ones in a large pot outside and they are thriving, even in the hot (90 Farenheit)weather. We shall see how the season progresses. Hopefully, more will sprout and thrive.

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By fronklowes 7 May 2014

4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
sixchickens
Location:
Germansville, PA
Date:
May 1, 2014
          5.0
 
Altrei Coffee
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? beautiful blue lupines

What are the cons? seeds do not seem to ripen all

Review:

Got the seeds from Richters 2 years ago, and the ten original seeds now are over 100 small lupine plants. They seem to germinate easily and grow without much fuss. I would definitely recommend trying them, and look forward to actually roasting a few of the seeds and attempting to make "coffee."

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By sixchickens 1 May 2014

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