What is the Difference between Arabica and Robusta Coffee?
Did you know that there are over a dozen types of coffee beans? When it comes to drinking your daily cup there are two varieties that are commonly used: Arabica and Robusta.
If you are a keen coffee drinker but are unsure which type of coffee is better suited to your taste, look no further, we have outlined the differences between the two. The two varieties differ in taste, growing conditions and price. Let’s get started:
These beans tend to have a sweeter, softer taste with undertones of fruit, sugar, and berries. They have a high level of acidity. Arabica is renowned as the superior coffee beans when it comes to quality and value, hence, it being referred to as gourmet coffee.
More than 65% of world coffee cultures are of Arabica, but most of them are not of the highest quality. The taste of Arabica can vary according to the location that it is grown. For instance, the taste of Ethiopian coffee resembles berries, whereas citrus tones accompany Central America coffee beans.
Arabica thrives in regions of lower altitudes. It is grown in Africa, Papua New Guinea and dominantly in Latin America. Colombia exclusively produces this bean while areas, like Brazil and India, produce both.
This type of coffee has a much harsher, stronger taste, accompanied by grain-like overtones and a nutty aftertaste. If you are looking for your caffeine fix these beans are for you as Robusta contains twice as much caffeine as Arabica beans. Although considered the less valuable option, some Robusta beans are praised for deep flavour and good aroma especially in espressos.
Robusta is easily grown as it can survive in much lower altitudes than Arabica, while remaining less susceptible to pests and weather conditions. They produce more fruit than their counterpart as they yield more crop per tree. Robusta is exclusively grown in the Eastern Hemisphere, primarily in a belt across Africa and Indonesia.
It all really comes down to your personal taste. Some Arabica blends maybe too floral, while some Robusta maybe too rich and dark. Here at The Coffee Delivery Company we offer a wide range of coffee beans and pods able to satisfy your coffee palate. If you are looking to try out different varieties coffee, why not take a look at our coffee collection.
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