What Is Mundo Novo Coffee? 2 Best Pairing Options

Mundo Novo coffee is a specialty coffee that is known around the world. So, what is Mundo Novo coffee exactly? Keep reading to find out.

What is Mundo Novo coffee?
Mundo Novo coffee grows in Brazil — a natural hybrid of Typica and Bourbon coffee plant

Brazil is the world's leading producer of specialty-grade coffee. These coffee beans are wet (washed), dry (unwashed), or pulped natural (semi-washed). Brazil has a climate that is ideal for natural processing within its coffee regions, with shorter periods of rainy days and longer periods of sunny days. 

Mundo Novo coffee grows in Brazil — a natural hybrid of Typica and Bourbon coffee plant. It is a favorite among farmers due to its resistance to diseases and higher fruit yield than a Bourbon varietal. 

However, the Mundo Novo coffee varietal did not inherit the flavor profile people want from Bourbon. However, this does not mean that the Mundo Novo is not a high-quality coffee bean. In fact, people who have tried this type of coffee described it as thick, sweet, and lower in acidity.

Keep reading to learn more about this type of coffee and other varietals and cultivars.

Mundo Novo Coffee Origin

Mundo Novo is an interesting cultivar as it is a natural hybrid of Bourbon (originally found in Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Typica (originally found in Ethiopia, Africa). It was first discovered in 1943 and has been distributed to farmers since 1952. 

Today, Mundo Novo coffee is widely grown all over South America.

Varietals and Cultivars

Brazil is home to many rare coffee varietals. For example, there are two color varieties of Bourbon — Bourbon Vermelho (red) and Bourbon Amarelo (yellow). 

The Bourbon varietal Caturra and the Typica varietal Maragogype are both products of natural mutations. On the other hand, Catuai is a cultivar that was developed in Brazil in the late 1940s as a cross between Caturra and Mundo Novo.

Most of the coffees exported from Brazil are Mundo Novo varietals, which make up 40 percent of the coffee exports. As mentioned earlier, Mundo Novo is a natural hybrid of the Typica and Bourbon coffee plant that was discovered in Brazil in 1943.

About The Coffee Beans

Arabica beans make up the majority of the coffee beans exported in Brazil. Coffee companies use 20 percent of Robusta beans to create instant coffee, while 80 percent of the Arabica beans are used to create specialty coffee blends.

The Robusta beans are grown in the northern region of Brazil as the terrain there is flatter. The climate is also hotter than in the southern region, where most Arabica beans are grown.

In the southern region of Brazil, Minas de Gerais is the home of specialty coffees. The Mundo Novo, Catuai, Icatu, Obata coffee beans, and other premium-grade espresso beans are grown in this area.


Brazillian coffee is a blend of these coffee beans that are grown in the southern region. 

  • Mundo Novo is a natural cross between Typica and Bourbon coffee plants and a favorite among farmers for its disease resistance. It also has a higher fruit yield compared to a Bourbon varietal. Its taste is described to be thick, sweet, and less acidic.
  • Catuai, red and yellow, is a cultivar created from the Mundo Novo and Caturra varietals. It tastes sweet and has a flavor similar to a Bourbon varietal.
  • Icatu is a hybrid of Bourbon Vermelho and Robusta. It is a good latte partner because it has distinct maple syrup, cocoa, and malt flavors.
  • Obata is a coffee that was derived from Sarchimor and Mundo Novo. It is a varietal with a long history.
  • Sarchimor is a hybrid of Villa Sarchi and Timor. It has a smooth taste with floral and honey notes. This type of coffee bean is typically dry-processed.

Processing Methods

Mundo Novo coffee processing methods

Brazillian coffees are processed in any of the following methods, including:

  • Wet 
  • Dry 
  • Pulped Natural 

Wet: This processing method is used to remove the four layers that surround the coffee bean. The coffee beans produced from this method are cleaner, more vibrant, and fruitier.

Dry: In this processing method, the coffee beans are placed in water, and those that float are picked out. The remaining coffee beans are then dried in concrete slabs. The coffee beans from this method are full-bodied, smooth, and sweet with a complex flavor.

Pulped Natural: This processing method involves pulping the coffee beans. However, it skips the fermentation phase to remove the coffee silverskin, which results in coffee beans having the traits of the coffee beans that have gone through the dry and wet processes.

Preparation And Pairing Options

You can make Mundo Novo coffee using any of your preferred brewing methods. Here are some of our favorite ways to prepare this coffee and some great pairing options!

Cold Brew And Almond Croissant

Cold Brew and Almond Croissant
You can make a cold brew using any coffee bean or roast

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for 12 to 24 hours. You can make a cold brew using any coffee bean or roast, but we prefer using a medium to coarse grind.


1. Put two and two-thirds cups of ground coffee in a pitcher, then add eight cups of cold water.

2. Once the coffee grounds are fully saturated, cover the pitcher, then place it in your refrigerator overnight.

3. Strain your coffee using a cheesecloth or a fine metal strainer to remove the coffee grounds.

Cold brew coffee is concentrated, so you have the option to serve it over ice with a bit of water or milk of your choice.

The process of cold brewing gives the Mundo Novo coffee a nutty undertone that pairs well with other nutty flavors such as almond, hazelnut, or walnut. For starters, you can first try pairing your cold brew with an almond croissant. You can also try pairing it with nutty biscotti or banana walnut bread.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on how to make cold brew coffee at home.

Espresso And Berry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

Mundo Novo coffee is a type of dark roast coffee, which makes it a great choice for making espresso. Serve it with steamed milk or a non-dairy beverage for a latte, or top it with a thin layer of foam for a cappuccino.

For starters, you can first try pairing your espresso with a berry coconut smoothie bowl. You can also try pairing it with a luscious bowl of creamy grits.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on how to use an espresso machine.

Different Types Of Arabica Coffee Beans

Different types of Arabica coffee beans are known as varietals, all of which have different flavors and qualities.

Here are some of the most popular varietals aside from Mundo Novo:


The Typica varietal can be cultivated in any coffee-producing region. Many different cultivars have been created from this variety. Even though typica coffee trees have a lower fruit yield, they produce delicious, high-quality coffee beans nevertheless.


Like the Typica varietal, many different cultivars have been created from the Bourbon varietal. It was originally developed by the French in 1708 and was cultivated on an island in the Indian Ocean known as “Bourbon” (now called Reunion).

Compared to Typica, Bourbon has wider leaves and bigger cherries. It has a conical shape, just like Typica. Bourbon produces a richer-tasting brew and yields 20 to 30 percent more fruit than Typica.


The Caturra varietal, a modified version of Bourbon, was discovered in Brazil and got its name from the town where it was first discovered. Even though it was found in Brazil, it thrives better in Colombia and South America and produces a vibrant brew with a zesty flavor. 

It has wide, waxy leaves with wavy edges just like the Bourbon varietal, but only shorter and looks thick and bushy. While the Caturra varietal has a higher fruit yield than Bourbon, it produces a lighter brew and needs a lot of attention to thrive.


The Catuai varietal is a hybrid of Mundo Novo and Caturra. Caturra is a short and bushy coffee plant with a higher fruit yield. Catuai needs a lot of care and fertilization to grow, producing red or yellow cherries with a fruit-like taste.

Blue Mountain

The Blue Mountain is a variety of Typica coffee that is grown in Jamaica, known for its resistance to the coffee berry disease. Blue Mountain coffee is commonly grown at higher altitudes, like the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, where it got its name.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on the main types of coffee beans.


  • Danico Dacillo became a fan of coffee when he was in college 'cause it helps him stay awake. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, but now working as a content writer. His passion for writing started when he was still in grade school -- as a sports news writer.