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The 2 primary types of coffee beans: Arabica vs Robusta

June 5, 2017

There are two primary types of coffee beans, Arabica and Robusta.

 

MAIN 5 DIFFERENCES?

 

1. TASTE:

Robusta's taste is generally not considered as good as Arabica. Robusta bean has double caffeine content than of Arabica -- giving it a bitterer taste. Plus Arabica contains almost 60% more lipids and almost double the concentration of sugar than Robusta. -- Giving it a fruitier and sweeter taste ( yum 😋 )

 

2. PRICE:

Green beans of Robusta cost about half the price of Arabica.

This is because Arabica beans

- Grow at higher elevation, so

- They are more difficult to grow, also

- They have a lower yield per coffee tree,

- They are more delicate and vulnerable to pests, and

- It's an extra challenge (& cost) to carry the harvest down the mountain.💪 

 

Instant coffee? - That’s probably all Robusta.

 

 

3. SHAPE:

Robusta beans are much more circular, whereas Arabica are more oval.

 

4. PLANT'S HEIGHT:

Arabica usually grows between 2.5 – 4.5 meters compared to the 4.5 – 6 meter height of Robusta.

 

5. CULTIVATION:

-About 75% of the world’s coffee production is Arabica, and about 25% is Robusta.

 

-The finest Arabica coffee asks for a fertile soil, cool subtropical climates, lots of moisture, lots of care, and are often growing on volcanic soils. As here in our dear Lake Atitlán.

 

-Arabica beans don't grow in as many regions as Robusta. Robusta is capable of growing well even as low as 200 - 800 meters! (very low 🙂 -- check out our article: HIGH ALTITUDE COFFEE)

 

 

Specialty coffee uses premium Arabica beans.

And shan ren farms too. 


 

 

 

 

 

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