All coffee is not the same.

Posted by Craig on August 20, 2011 in Uncategorized |

As any coffee drinker knows there are two general types of coffee beans Robusta and Arabica beans.

However, most people do not understand the differences between the two types of beans.

 Growing :

The Arabica beans are grown from the Coffea arabica tree grow at a altitude of 3000 to 6000 feet, and at an ideal temperature range of 60 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit.  The Coffea arabica  tree is also susceptible to  cold weather and attacks from pest.

The Robusta beans are  grown from the Coffea Cenephora  that can grow at sea level.  This plant is hardy, so it is not as susceptible to  cold weather  and pest.


Robusta beans are easier to grow and maintain allowing to be them to harvested at a lower cost then the harder to grow Arabica beans.  For this reason Robusta beans are used in the cheaper coffees on the market.


The Robusta beans has a more body then the Arabica beans, but it is also more bitter.  The Robusta beans have been described by some as having a paper-bag or burnt rubber flavor. On the other hand, Arabica beans have a very rich and complex test that is rarely bitter.


Robusta beans have about twice the amount of  caffeine of the Arabica beans. 

 Generally  Arabica beans are considered to be the superior coffee,  and is the coffee used by the coffee shops and the gourmet coffees.   Robusta beans are used in the low cost brand of coffee that are sold in the can at the grocery store.

Craig Townsend



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