Fine Arabica vs Mighty Robusta

What Cup Are You?

Cup of Coffee

Arabica and robusta coffee are the world's most popular coffee grains. However, they aren't the only coffee grains out there. How can we decide which coffee grain fits our cup the best? This is what we'll find out in this article by examining and understanding two of the most popular coffee grains out there.

Arabica coffee

Coffea arabica (/əˈræbɪkə/), also known as the Arabian coffee, "coffee shrub of Arabia", "mountain coffee" or "arabica coffee", is a species of Coffea. It is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, and is the dominant cultivar, representing about 60% of global production. Coffee produced from the (less acidic, more bitter, and more highly caffeinated) robusta bean (C. canephora) makes up most of the remaining coffee production. Arabica coffee was first found in Yemen and documented by the 12th century. Coffea arabica is called būna in Arabic.

Arabica fruit
Several coffee cherries growing along a branch; some are green and some are beginning to ripen. Coffea arabica (fruit). Location: Maui, Kula.

Much About Flavor ...

High quality arabica coffee should have a slightly sweet flavor, with hints of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. You may also notice hints for fruit and berries. There will be a slight/pleasant acidity, and a little bitterness. Cold brewing coffee can help bring out the sweet flavors of arabica even more.The roast you choose will affect the degree to which you notice the flavors. The area and soil composition the beans are grown in can also affect the balance of the above flavors. Storing coffee beans properly so they stay nice and fresh is a great way to help preserve those yummy flavor notes.

Robusta Coffee

Coffea canephora (syn. Coffea robusta), commonly known as robusta coffee, is a species of coffee that has its origins in central and western sub-Saharan Africa. It is a species of flowering plant in the family Rubiaceae. Though widely known as Coffea robusta, the plant is scientifically identified as Coffea canephora, which has two main varieties, robusta and nganda.

Robusta is easier to care for and has a greater crop yield than C. arabica, so is cheaper to produce. The robusta plant contains more caffeine (2.7% compared to arabica's 1.5%), and contains less sugar (3–7% compared to arabica's 6–9%).It also requires less herbicide and pesticide than arabica.

Robusta fruit
Robusta coffee (Coffea canephora; syn. Coffea robusta) fruit. The plant has a shallow root system and grows as a robust tree or shrub to about 10 metres. It flowers irregularly, taking about 10–11 months for cherries to ripen, producing oval-shaped beans.

Much About Strenght ...

Roasted robusta beans produce a strong, full-bodied coffee with a distinctive earthy flavour, but usually with more bitterness than arabica due to its pyrazine content. The powerful flavour of the robusta can be desirable in a blend to give it perceived "strength" and "finish", noticeably in Italian coffee culture. Good-quality robusta beans are used in traditional Italian espresso blends, at about 10–15%, to provide a full-bodied taste and a better foam head (known as crema).

The main differences

So which one?

Ultimatly, we now see that it's a question of personnal taste and depending on many factors, we can experience subtle or punchier differences between both famous coffee beans.

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Crown Coffee now has two of the most famous and prestigious selections of coffee beans in the world. Pick your roasting preference and soon enjoy an exquisite blend or single type of coffee beans. So, what cup are you?

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