Related to: Catuai and Obatã (timor hybrid)
Grows best at: 1000 metres or above
Prevalent in: No where yet but developed in Brazil
Predominant Colour: Yellow
Fruit size: Normal rounded
Leaf Characteristics: Wide and large
The Arara varietal originates from the crossing between the yellow Catuai and the Obatã (Hybrid of Timor) varieties. It was developed in the experimental farm of the Procafé Foundation in Varginha Brazil.
The experiment has been part of an on going project in Brazil with many new varietals being discovered. Procafé found that Arara showed as being one of the most successful to date in both yield and in cup quality.
So much so the seeds most wanted in Procafé for the production of seedlings for planting. It’s exited so much even at the experiment phase.
The next stage of the experiment is to see how it performs in farms and and on a larger scale in the planting dissemination.
Our growing partner Tulio Junqueira at Carmo Estate Coffees was one of the first to get this varietal from Procafé in 2014 as part of the dissemination program, and we are just beginning to see the first harvests now. He has been very happy with the results and seen great potential for quality and production levels.
The Arara is a yellow fruit coffee, high resistance to rust, good productivity and high quality potential.
Typical cup characteristics are hard to say at this time but my experiences have been to show a typical sweet profile you would expect from Brazil, with Chocolate notes, muted but defined acidity with a good body and aftertaste.
Links: Catuai, Obatã, Timor
Examples: Brazil Carmo Estate Arara