Maragogype was first discovered in Bahia (Brazil) and was named after the town of Maragogipe. Maragogype trees are tall, they have large leaves and one of its distinct features is that it produces large coffee beans (also commonly referred to as Elephant Beans), which contribute to their higher quality taste profiles.
Maragogype coffee exhibits the following traits in its taste profile:
Maragogype is a genetic mutation of the Typica varietal. Today, it is commonly found in Brazil and other Latin American countries. Its bean seeds are often at least twice as big as normal coffee beans. It thrives on altitudes between 1200 - 1500 masl and has a slow maturing process (4 years) which also contributes to its concentrated flavour. However, it has low yield and is susceptible to “coffee leaf rust” and “coffee berry disease”.