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Knowledge Grains: Maragogipe Coffee

Updated: Jan 5

Maragogipe (or Maragogype) is a variety of Arabica coffee, also known as "elephant coffee beans".

This coffee is believed to be a spontaneous mutation of Arabica coffee that occurred in Maragogipe, Bahia in Brazil in 1780. This coffee bean, very large in size compared to others, has a porous consistency.

The flavor of maragogipe coffee varies depending on the soil where it grows. Poor soils produce coffee with diminished flavors. This is why it is often referred to as a "low flavor" coffee, but the flavor can be enhanced by allowing these coffee beans to dry out with their natural sugars.

The most convenient areas for growing this variety are the mountains with fertile soils over 1,500 meters above sea level. Maragogype coffee bushes typically have up to 25% less yield than other varieties. This has led many coffee growers to replace their crops with others with a higher productive capacity.

Maragogipe is a variety of Arabica coffee, which shows the native quality of its flavor and its level of caffeine. We can say that it is a warm coffee on the palate, soft and perfumed that offers us extraordinary nuances. Its production, even worldwide, is limited, if not almost exclusive, due to the special weather conditions that it must endure in its growth, which is why it is a coffee highly demanded by the great connoisseurs.

Known as "elephant grain", with bluish tones on the outside, it is large compared to other grains, since it has an average of 11.69 mm long by 7.25 mm wide and has to be collected at hand, as not all beans ripen at the same time.

It has a clean, acidic body and a flavor that persists when taken.

Maragogipe, in addition to being one of the parents of the Pacamara variety, and a related variety called Maracaturra, is a rarity in the world of coffee and is highly appreciated by both amateurs and established consumers.

Here's a video, produced by Idolindo, so that you can get a better idea of what the tree itself is like, its beans and some of the characteristics that we discussed above that make Maragogipe a truly special coffee variety. Although the original audio is in Portuguese, in case of difficulty, you can program the generation of subtitles in English or in the language of your choice.


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