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Arabica vs Robusta: How the Two Popular Coffee Beans Differ

Roasted coffee beans often look the same, but most of them taste different from one another. To find out what coffee you want to buy, you first need to know what taste you prefer.

If you are a coffee lover and want to understand more about the different coffee beans, you are in luck. This article will tell you about two of the most beloved coffee beans worldwide and how they differ.


Arabica (Coffee arabica)

Arabica is probably the most commonly known coffee in North America. It is famous for its sweet and delicate flavor. The coffee is also less acidic than other options, which makes it a favorable choice for many. 

Brazil is the world's leading Arabica beans supplier. These beans grow only on farms with high elevations and in areas where there is plenty of rain. Compared to other varieties, Arabica plants are a bit delicate. They require a fair amount of pruning. This coffee variety is also prone to disease, therefore demanding constant attention to environmental factors. Their sensitivity to diseases also makes it challenging to grow them in great quantities. This drives up the bean's cost in the global market, but people are willing to pay more because of its soft and sweet taste.

Important Note: Although this coffee bean is in-demand, it also has its downside. Its taste is known to diminish when cold or blended with milk or creamer. If you love to add flavor to your coffee drink, this will not be a problem for you.


Robusta (Coffea canephora)

If Arabica is the most popular coffee bean in America, Robusta is the number one in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Its name implies what the coffee is like. It is known for its harsh and robust flavor that many people from the mentioned areas love. Sometimes, it has a burnt or rubbery taste that others do not like.

It tastes like that because this coffee plant has a high level of caffeine. It is also the same reason the plant is more resilient compared to the Arabica. Its extreme level of caffeine becomes a natural insect repellent on its own, allowing it to deter threats to its growth. The plant is also highly tolerant of its environment and can be farmed in any climate and altitude. 

Since it can be quickly grown in different areas, many farmers tend to plant this variety, and they reap higher profits with this coffee crop. Robusta might not be the general crowd's favorite when it comes to taste, but it is a favorite coffee bean variant of most instant coffee suppliers. This bean is also often used as a filler in dark roasts.

To save, some roasters use one part of Robusta for every three parts of Arabica. Through this method, they can save 20 percent on the cost of raw beans. However, doing so also sacrifices the product quality. 


Conclusion

If you still do not know what to purchase between the two, just remember that drinking coffee is an experience. It is a lifestyle. It is about what you prefer or what you enjoy. Now that you know how the two popular coffee beans differ, start thinking of how you want to drink your coffee and how you want to experience it.

Do you want to explore more whole bean coffees? We have various options for Arabica beans in different blends. We currently ship to nine countries around the world. Get your Cafe Joe USA's coffee blend now.

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