The Dixie Cup Update: Wrinkles.
For those of you who, like me, breathlessly await a sprout, an update is overdue. Rejoice, for here it is.
Brent informed me that some of his coffee beans we planted some time ago for the 2017 Dixie Cup appeared to be changing and suggested that this may be the positive sign that we have sought for the last two years (by the way, if you are not already familiar with the 2017 Dixie Cup, you can read about it in a couple previous blog posts, starting here). We may be among the first to successfully germinate a coffee plant in the Great White North! When I pressed him for the details, he informed me on their present state:
"Some of them look wrinkly," he said.
"Wrinkly?" I responded.
"Wrinkly," he answered.
This description was not the indicator I had hoped to hear.
I remain skeptical. Wrinklage may indeed indicate that the bean is sprouting, but I feel it may also mean that we are nurturing a desiccated bean. However, I also didn't want to pop Brent's optimism and enthusiasm for his "wrinkly" beans. It'd bring him down into depression faster than a fat kid on a seesaw. I'll just let him learn of my incredulity from this blog post - the passive-aggressive nature of this type of communication is more Minnesotan anyway.
Understandably, I am a little gun shy at claiming an early victory. Last year, both Brent and I miss-identified three weeds for a coffee plant during the doomed 2016 Coffee Cup. Never has a set of weeds received such loving, tender care as those did.
When my wife Brittany identified it as a weed we both staunchly denied that she knew what she was talking about and told her she was just jealous of our incredible talents for growing exotic plants in places they don't belong. She was right.
This time I won't fall into that trap. For the reader's benefit, I have lifted some of the corn husk covering so you can see some of the beans under my care in the Dixie Cup (see the photo). Note in the middle and top cups that the beans appear to have a slight little notch beginning to peak out of the bean. I am not sure if this is a little sprout or if it is just a highly coincidental fleck of dirt but i don't want to jeopardize the plant by investigating too closely.
Note also, my beans do not show any signs of Brent's "wrinkled" description. Is this good or bad? According to our dubious and highly contradictory internet sources, it can take 2-6 full months to germinate coffee beans. Time will tell.