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Arabica vs Robusta Coffee Beans

How well do you know your coffee? Coffee all looks the same once its brewed. When it comes to your daily cup of coffee, Arabica and Robusta are what matters most. However, taking the time to learn the differences between the two types of beans can benefit you. By doing so, you ensure that you’re making the best choice for your taste buds. The primary difference between the beans is when it comes to taste, growing environments, and quality. 


Arabica beans tend to have a softer, sweeter taste, with hints of fruit, sugar, and berries. Their acidity is higher, with a winey flavor. When unroasted, Arabica beans smell similar to blueberries. Their roasted smell has a common description of perfumey. Arabicas are less vulnerable to pests and weather conditions. Arabica beans take a considerably large amount of years to mature. Arabica beans are grown primarily in Latin America but also grown in Africa and Papa New Guinea. Arabica beans are more expensive but don’t mean they are better than Robusta. 


Robusta beans have a harsher strong taste with a grain-like consistency.  The unroasted smell has a strong peanut buttery smell. Robusta has twice as much caffeine in them compared to Arabica beans. Robusta beans are easier to grow because they can grow at lower altitudes. Robusta beans produce growth by planting the same plant every year in one place. Arabica’s yield more crops per tree. Robusta beans are grown primarily in Indonesia and Africa. 


Since Robusta is the more resilient bean, large coffee companies buy more of Robusta beans. Some companies mix the two types of beans to cut down costs. In America, it is essential to know the difference to make sure you are drinking the best kind of coffee.


So, which bean do you think is for you, Robusta or Arabica? That’s entirely your decision. Experiment with the many coffee options available, and enjoy! Stop into one of Caffe Strega locations to enjoy our coffee blend!

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