Can You Grow Coffee In Texas?

Coffee is a type of drink that has sketched its appearance across nations since the 15th century and then it became one of the most in-demand beverages in the USA. A huge number of Americans love coffee for various reasons. They don’t consume coffee less than any kind of beverage, yet it seems like not many of them think about the possibility of coffee farms located in some states in their country. So let’s be more specific. Can you grow coffee in Texas? Yes, it might be possible! Why is it possible to grow coffee in Texas? Let’s find out more about the chances of coffee plantations in America and especially Texas within this article.

America and the dream of coffee-plantations

Farmers harvest coffee on coffee plantations
Farmers harvest coffee on coffee plantations

Back in the day in 2012, an American farmer David Amstrong in Ventura, California, succeeded in seeding one of the most difficult plants that his family had ever had which is coffee as 20.000 coffee trees are his remarkable foundation for this plan. Ironically, the first results were not good enough to turn California and other states of the USA into taking the lead to make progress in commercial coffee farming due to the major preventative elements posed by are lacking of water and sudden severe frosts with snowfalls. The Driest season of the year in the USA is winter which brings about several disadvantages to the type of flora required at high altitudes with excellent rainfall and tropical temperatures like coffee. 

What is the best-suited climate for growing coffee trees?

The existence of a temperate or tropical environment with no frost, lots of sunlight, and sufficient water is best suited for the growth of a coffee tree. Of course, too much direct sunshine or hydration might have the opposite and negative impact on the plants. Obviously, the tropical climate is the optimal condition for coffee to survive. The optimum growing conditions for coffee may be found in the territory between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, in a region known as “the coffee belt“. That’s why we often see countries like Brazil, Vietnam, Ethiopia, and Indonesia,… ranking in the high position for the best houses of coffee production in the world and not any state in the United States. 

Does Texas have enough potential to be “the house” of coffee trees? 

Based on the big question, let’s find out what the weather is usually like in Texas. Is there any chance for Texas to reach the target of becoming one of the places that grow coffee or just simply have enough conditions to grow coffee? Even though this might not be a question having the potential to become a popular controversial issue, it still triggers curiosity among Americans who are concerned about coffee or farming.

For some people raising their opinion regarding the main weather conditions in the United States, the answer is unfortunately “No”. First and foremost farmers in every field frequently consider the weather condition to decide what beneficial plants they should invest in on their land. For farmers in Texas, the climate here is definitely not satisfactory for coffee plantations. As annually reported, Texas, a large southern U.S. state has a continental climate in the northwest, where there is a plateau, and a subtropical climate in the rest of the state. The weather of Texas is arid in the west while humid in the east and in the central belt where cities like Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio are situated to receive both dry air masses from the west and moist air masses from the east. Furthermore, the deficiency of the season division in the year in Texas blocks the way that this unique plant develops.


Taking a look at the reality, according to many people having arguments on this issue on some forum platforms, there is still a chance for this kind of plant to happen in the USA and the first step would be to move to Hawaii. Yet, recently the latest information about coffee-planting places in the USA has been announced that California can be involved in the list. Although Texas is famous as the home of the “tea tree”, coffee still has its possibility to be in the line-up for growth projects. Despite non-commercial purposes, in the southern part of Texas, valleys with poorly drained, alkaline clay soil at present are being operated to be set as coffee farms. These plants are grown for education and research in the study of Dr. Anciso to give a better understanding of horticulture and agriculture to his students. This is evidence for the answer “Yes, it might be possible” when asking whether coffee can be grown in Texas.