‘Catuai’ which stands for ‘very good’ in Tupi-Guarani, is a high yielding coffee plant created through crossing the Mundo Novo and yellow Caturra varietals. Due to its small stature, Catuai plants can be planted closely together (high planting density) resulting in increased efficiency during harvesting. However, Catuai is also highly susceptible to diseases and pests.
Cartuai coffee exhibits the following traits in its taste profile:
Catuai is a hybrid of the Mundo Novo and yellow Caturra varietals. It was created in the 1950s by the “Instituto Agronômico de Campinas” in Brazil, likely in an attempt to create a high-yielding and high disease-and-pest-resistance plant; although the latter criteria is unmet, it gained popularity in several countries of Central America and continues to play a vital role economically in these countries till today. For instance, it accounts for almost half of the Arabica coffee cultivated in Honduras.