Its ages since I did a new varietal post, but with this weeks in my mug being a catimor I thought it was about time I did.
Catimors one of the unloved bad guys of coffee, but I’ve found a couple of examples of it being quite the oposite. I guess this comes back ot there is no such thing as a badf varietal, just a varietal planted in a bad space. A geisha planted at 1100 masl is going to be awful and I guess there must be rules for Catimors.
Related to: Caturra and Timor
Grows best at: Above 500 masl and below 1500 metres
Prevalent in: Central south america and asia
Predominant Colour: Red
Fruit size: Normal rounded
Leaf Characteristics: Large and wide
A controversial coffee varietal. Catimor is a cross between Timor coffee (resistant to leaf rust a big problem at the moment in central America) and Caturra coffee. It was created in of all places Portugal in 1959.
It grows and produces fruit very quickly and has a very high yields, pest resistant and leaf rust resistant and will grow at much lower altitudes well in comparison to to many other commercial varietals, although very low or very high it has been reported that it can be problematic.
Sounds perfect, but problems come in the cup quality. Timor has its feet in the robusta species (hence all these lovely benefits) but robusta is not known for being tasty. Also because of its over eagerness to produce fruit, the productive life span of the Catimor is reduced significantly with some producers reporting severe drop offs in production after 10 years or so.
Links: Cattura, Timor, IHCAFE 90, IHCAFE 95
Examples: El Salvador Finca Argentina Timor, Tanzania Burka Block A Catimor Natural