Coffee varietals

Batian

Batian is the latest variety to be developed in Kenya, it is named after the peak of Mount Kenya

Bourbon

A natural mutation of the Typica varietal, Bourbon is named after Reunion Island (then known as Il Bourbon) where the French cultivated Typica plants, that naturally mutated.

Castillo

Castillo is named after the researcher Jamie Castillo, who helped develop the varietal in 2005 by Cenicafe, Colombia’s coffee research centre

Catimor and Sarchimor

Catimor and Sarchimor are examples of introgressed species. Plants which possess traits and genetics from multiple species (arabica and robusta genetic material)

Catuai

Created by the Instituto Agronomico do Campinas in Brasil, Catuai is a hybrid varietal between Caturra and Mundo Novo.

Caturra

Caturra is a natural mutation of Bourbon that was originally discovered in Brazil in 1937, considered to be the first naturally occurring mutation ever discovered.

Ethiopian Heirloom

The Ethiopian Heirloom name is used to describe indigenous heirloom varieties resulting from cross-breeding between species and varietals rather than stemming from one particular variety.

Geisha

An exceptionally high quality variety that is grown throughout Central America, Geisha is named after the town of Geisha in Ethiopia where the seeds originated

IHCAFE 90

Developed in the 90s by the Honduras Coffee Research Institute, IHCAFE 90 is a hybrid of Caturra and Sarchimor

Maragogype

Maragogype is a natural mutation of Typica, named after the town in which it was discovered – Maragogipe, Brazil.

Marsellesa

Marsellesa was developed through a hybrid of Sarchimor and Caturra. It’s highly valued for its high quality in the cup and resistance to leaf rust (thanks to its Sarchimor heritage)

Obata

A cross between Timor Hybrid and Villa Sarchi, this coffee was originally developed in Brazil and in 2014 was introduced into Costa Rica by the local coffee institute, ICAFE

Pacamara

A cross-breed between Pacas and Maragogype, developed in El Salvador in 1958

Pacas

A natural mutation of the Bourbon variety

Pache

Pache is a natural mutation of Typica, originally discovered in Guatemala in farms of El Brito, Santa Cruz Naranjo and Santa Rosa.

Parainema

A relatively unusual hybrid created in the 1980’s by IHCAFE, Honduras’ national coffee research centre

Ruiru 11

Released in 1985, Ruiru 11 is a disease resistant varietal developed in Kenya

San Isidro

A Sarchimor (hybrid of Villa Sarchi and Timor) developed in cooperation with Finca Volcán Azul in Costa Rica. It is named after the nearby town of San Isidro

Sidra

The Sidra varietal is new, and we’re still adding information here.

SL28

SL28 was developed in 1931 by Scott Laboratories to suit the growing conditions in Kenya. The varietal is known for its exceptional cup quality

SL34

Developed by Scott Laboratories in Kenya, the SL34 varietal was designed to be high yielding with good cup quality.

Tabi

Released in 2002 as part of Colombia’s efforts to combat leaf rust, it is a hybrid of bourbon, typica and timor

Typica

Considered to be one of the ‘genus’ varietals from which all other varietals have mutated from

Variedad Colombia

Developed by Colombian researchers at Cenicafe by crossing Caturra and Timor Hybrid

Villa Sarchi

Natural mutation of Bourbon discovered in Costa Rican village Sarchi