Catuai is a high yielding Arabica variety born as a hybrid of Mundo Novo and Caturra in Brazil in the late 1940s. The name Catuai comes from the Tupi-Guarani South American aboriginal language meaning “very good”. Catuai varieties have short trees with lateral branches that grow very close to the primary ones. It is a very strong tree and can resist large amounts of rain and strong winds. Because of this, it is a very good varietal to grow and is found in many countries throughout the Americas. It grows at many altitudes but is best when grown over 800 meters above sea level.

Rediscovering Catuai

At Hacienda La Esmeralda, when Catuai is processed, it develops complex cupping notes with a taste profile of sweet balanced rounded fruit and chocolate. The high production and dependable nature of Catuai coffee allows us to offer consistent lots of Catuai under our brands: Diamond Mountain and Palmyra. These brands represent the high level of Hacienda La Esmeralda processing applied to a volume of coffees that allow us to continue sustaining the workers and farms year after year.

Our Catuai Brands

Transforming Coffee Production

Since then, Hacienda La Esmeralda has done much to improve their cultivation of high-altitude coffee, including substantial experiments in Washed and Natural processing methods. A particular focus has also been paid to meticulous lot separation, allowing us to develop a more nuanced understanding of the different microclimates in which Esmeralda thrives best. This spirit of experimentation has also led us to embark upon a decade long exploration of other coffee accessions, planting 400 different examples in the mountains. While coffee has captured our hearts here at Hacienda La Esmeralda and the world over, who knows what coffee might be the next great bean?