High angle view of cup filled with coffee brewed using catimor coffee beans

Catimor Coffee: Everything You Need to Know

Henry Muller

Have you heard of a coffee that can withstand any unfavorable conditions?

You might wonder if there really exists something like that. So let me tell you! Yes! It does exist! And that coffee is called catimor coffee!

Now you might be wondering what it is.

Don't worry! This article is all about it. Today in this article, I will share with you everything about it!

Plus I will also tell you what are the places where it is grown, its history, taste and much more.

So let's get started.

What is Catimor coffee variety?

It is a hybrid that is a blend of caturra and timor.

Developed in Portugal in the 1950s, it was created to produce a coffee plant that was resistant to diseases like coffee leaf rust and pests while maintaining good quality.

This hybrid coffee is best known for its adaptability to different environmental conditions.

Coffee lovers from different regions of the world like it. What makes it top the list of coffee lovers, is its taste and resilience.

History and Origins of Catimor coffee beans

Its history belongs to the mid-20th century when Portuguese researchers came up with a thought to develop a coffee plant that could survive challenging growing conditions.

It was made by combining caturra, a dwarf Bourbon variety with Timor mixing the best of both worlds.

Caturra is marked for its excellent cup quality, while timor wins the coffee world with its resistance to diseases.

Since that time, Catimor coffee plants have been cultivated in various coffee-growing regions all over the world. It includes countries like Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Colombia.

What places do Catimor coffee grow?


Brazil tops the list of top producers of this coffee. It has vast coffee plantations mostly in regions like Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, and Bahia.


Vietnam also cultivates it extensively. Mostly in the central highlands region, where the climate and altitude are most favorable for coffee cultivation, it is the most cultivated.


In Indonesia, Catimor coffee is grown in top regions like Sumatra, Java, and Sulawesi. The volcanic soil and high elevation here contribute to the unique flavor profile of this coffee.


Colombian coffee growers also cultivate this coffee in different regions like Huila, Nariño, and Antioquia. It is produced there because the altitude and microclimate at those places are ideal for coffee production.

Characteristics of Catimor

1) Resistance to diseases

One of its main characteristics is its ability to resist diseases like coffee leaf rust and pests. This capability makes it a resilient and low-maintenance coffee plant.

2) Adaptability

It is best known for its flexibility to different environmental conditions. It includes varying altitudes, temperatures, and soil types, which makes it convenient for cultivation in diverse coffee-growing regions.

3) Cup quality

Despite its main quality being resistance to diseases, it is renowned for its high-quality cups. Its flavor profiles range from nutty and chocolatey to fruity and floral, depending on factors such as growing conditions and processing methods.

Taste profile of this variety


This coffee has nutty flavors that highlight almonds, hazelnuts, or pecans mostly.


Another best part is its chocolatey traces, which range from milk chocolate to dark chocolate based on the roast profile.


In some cases, this coffee highlights fruity flavor notes such as berries, citrus, or stone fruits that add more flavor to the overall cup.

Wrapping up

Thus catimor coffee is a hybrid variety best known for its resilience, adaptability, and unique flavors.

So, if you doubt that unfavorable conditions might harm your coffee go for this one. I can bet that it won't let you down.

That's all for this coffee. If you find this coffee to be interesting, you must try it.

Once you try it, please don’t forget to share your experience with it in the comments section.


Henry Muller

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I am a barista by profession hailing from NC. My journey began in my late teens when I started working as a barista in a local coffee shop. My passion for coffee quickly became evident as I immersed myself in the art of espresso extraction, latte art ...