What to know about caturra coffee variety?

Are you particular about your coffee taste? If you love citrusy tones with sweet chocolaty undertones in your coffee cup, caturra is for you. It has the perfect taste profile for coffee connoisseurs with complex yet balanced flavors.

Keep reading to learn about the complexities of the caturra coffee variety.

What is caturra coffee?

Caturra coffee is the natural hybrid of bourbon. Its beans have been divided into four categories:

  • Arabica
  • Robusta
  • Liberica
  • Excelsa

Caturra coffee plants are altered in two ways to produce desired results. The base of the plant is caturra, with a few variations desired by consumers and producers. These variations are varietal and cultivar.


A varietal is a naturally occurring genetic mutation within a species. Varietals are grown by mass production with plant seeds. Caturra is the varietal of bourbon plants since they were created from a naturally occurring genetic change.


A cultivar is a human-created mutation within a species. The intention of producing cultivar is to produce desirable results. It is done through taxonomy.

How was caturra coffee originated?

Caturra coffee variety was originally produced in Ethiopia. Now, it’s mostly grown in Brazil, where the caturra coffee plant was found. Its small plant size and rich berry production made it a prime candidate for cross-breeding to create varietals and cultivars.

What is the taste profile of caturra coffee?

This arabica coffee is known for its wide taste variety. It ranges from sweet soft notes to a sharp, tangy taste. Unroasted green caturra coffee smells like blueberries, while roasted beans display fruity tones with sugary undertones.

The caturra coffee berry is famously known for its sweet, complex, and crisp taste. However, mutations caused a slight change in flavor.

What are the characteristics of caturra coffee plant?

Caturra coffee plant is unique since it is genetically modified to produce a small plant with fast maturing fruit. This allows farmers to plant more and harvest more than the original bourbon species. Its single gene mutation causes dwarfism, which results in a smaller plant from the average bourbon coffee plant.

The small size helps to produce the fruit quickly. However, it’s hard to maintain due to susceptibility to fungus and other diseases. So, the plant is considered high maintenance, but it is worth it for its amazing flavors and high production ability.

End Note

Caturra coffee beans yield a well-balanced chocolaty citrus cup. If you want to bring out the best in this coffee arabica varietal, try making it in a french press. We’d love to know how you liked it!