It is time to brush up on your bean knowledge! Arabica vs. Robusta is one of the most critical choices you'll make as you explore the world of delicious coffee.
Arabica and Robusta are distinct in terms of flavor, growing conditions, price, and quality:
Coffee enthusiasts, without a doubt, have heard the terms "Robusta" or "Arabica." If you're unfamiliar with either of these terms, they refer to two distinct types of commercially grown beans. They are similar in that they are harvested, roasted, and eventually brewed to create the enchanted beverage known as coffee.
Robusta coffee is made from the beans of the African Coffea canephora plant which is bitter used primarily in instant coffee, espresso, and as a filler in certain ground coffee blends.
Robusta is often described as having an oatmeal-like flavor that is somewhere between neutral and harsh. Unroasted Robusta beans have a raw-peanutty aroma.
Robusta coffee beans are derived from a hardy plant that can be grown at low elevations ranging from 200 to 800 meters, are relatively resistant to pest attack, produce more finished products per acre, and have low production costs.
Robusta is significantly less expensive than Arabica, but it is also more detrimental to the environment and your taste buds.
Caffeine content is greater in Robusta, lower in acidity. Arabica contains nearly twice as much sugar as sugar beets but contains a greater concentration of lipids.
However, the primary distinction that concerns everyone is that Arabica coffee tastes better than Robusta coffee! While it is more expensive, it is absolutely necessary if you want to enjoy your morning cup of Joe.
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