Catuai

Catuai is a dwarf variety that is highly resistant to the natural elements coffee trees face at high altitude and highly productive in terms of yield. Catuai, which originated in Brazil, is a hybrid of the Mondo Novo and Caturra. It is now found prevalently throughout Central America. Ripe Catuai can manifest with either red or yellow pigmentation. For years, nobody thought there was a difference between the two cherry colors. A few weeks of Central American cuppings in early 2007, however, led Stumptown to believe that the yellow strain produces inferior cup quality when compared to the red strain. Although both have ‘big’ acidity, the Yellow Catuai seems to develop an unclean, petroleum-like mouthfeel as it cools, while the Red Catuai strain maintains its cleanliness.