Maragogype is a natural mutation of Typica first discovered in the town of Maragogipe, Bahia, Brazil.
The Maragogype coffee plant is large and is taller than either Bourbon or Typica; however, the plant is known for its low productivity. Its most distinguishing feature are its beans/seeds, which are very large – often at least twice as big as normal coffee beans – and are often referred to as ‘Elephant’ beans.
The variety is most common in Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico but the variety can be found across Latin America. It is well-adapted to lower altitudes but its cup profile becomes more pronounced and pleasant above 1,500 metres. The maturing process is slow, which contributes to its complex cup.