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Coffee Bean

Wood Flooring Species

Scientific Name:

Gymnocladus dioicus

Other Names and Species:

American Coffee Berry
Chicot
Coffee Nut
Coffeetree
Kentucky Mahogany
Nicker Tree
Stump Tree

Origin:

North America

Appearance:

The sapwood of the coffeetree is greenish-white, while the heartwood is light brown to light red in color. The species has a straight grain comparable to ash or red elm, and is coarse in nature.

Properties:

Coffee bean has a natural resistance to decay, and lacks any noticable odor. Coffee bean is difficult to dry properly without splitting.

Janka Hardness: 1390

As a flooring option, coffee bean is a relatively hard and durable wood. It is nearly identical in hardness to white oak, is roughly three-quarters as hard as hickory or pecan, about forty percent harder than teak, and only about four percent softer than hard maple.

Workability:

Coffee bean responds well to cutting tools. Pre-boring is recommended, yet the wood holds nails well once they are in place. Glue holds well with coffee bean flooring. This species works to a good polish.

Principal Uses:

Coffee bean’s uses include desks, cabinets, wardrobes, and tables.

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