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Catuai Varietal Post

One of my new year promises to myself is to do some more varietal research. I did a few of these last year, but it died off a little. I also have a plan to add some photos to them

Here is a photo of the coffee plant before we begin

Varietal: Catuai

Related to: Yellow Caturra and Mundo Novo

Origin: Brazil

Grows best at: 800 metres or above

Type: Hybrid

Prevalent in: Brazil and Central / South America

Predominant Colour: Mainly yellow but also red.

Fruit size: Normal rounded

Leaf Characteristics: No unusual characteristics, standard size / shape.

Botany: Hybrid

Special Notes: This is a dwarf variety of plant, that doesn’t grow very high, and is its most obvious distinguisher. Selected by the instituto Agronomico in the 1950’s – 1960’s and now accounts for 50% of the coffee acreage in Brazil and is widely used in cntral america.

Catuai is a high yielding coffee plant resulting from a cross between Mundo Novo and Yellow Caturra. The fruit does not fall off the branch easily, Which helps when there is strong winds or rain or where wind breaker coverage is at a minimum. Catuai is quite susceptible to pest and disease, to a moderate level.

Links: Ouro Verde, Caturra, Mundo Novo

Examples: Brazil Biodynamic Fazenda Aranquan Catuai Washed, Honduras Finca Santa Marta Pacamara Microlot 2010-11 Organic













4 Comments

  1. What would be some typical cup characteristics of Catuai?

  2. Not the first one to suggest this Bek, I’m worried about doing so because of the vast generalisation, but I may try and go through some of the older ones and see what I can do.

  3. I love the varietal posts and I’m glad you’re planning to do them again!

    There’s tons online about brewing and roasting, but it’s harder to find a good resource for stuff like this.

    Thanks 🙂

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