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.
Other Questions about Coffee
Questions not about coffee (but important to coffee)
OCM (OnCoffeeMakers.com) was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link).
In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years:
OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM
OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM
Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops:
OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more.
So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates:
For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube
For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG
For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN
PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).