Arabica vs Robusta, Let’s Get Ready to RumblePosted by admin
You may already be aware of it, but there’s a fight that’s been “brewing” for years. The two most common and commercially grown types of coffee in the world are Arabica and Robusta. The debate as to which coffee is superior has been going on longer than the “Tastes Great ‘Less Filling’” argument. You may have a personal preference for Arabica or Robusta, or perhaps you aren’t sure what you drink every day, but the differences are numerous and distinct. Many coffee fanatics (or “addicts” – take your pick) think that one type of coffee is better than the other, but the fact is that they each have something to offer and they each bring something different to the table.
So What’s the Difference?
So how big can the differences really be? To start, Arabica and Robusta coffees come from entirely different plants, the beans are different, the climates the beans can tolerate are different, and as a result the coffee is very different.
It should be known that Arabica beans are grown in much higher altitudes and require more delicate care in how they are harvested. Because of the constant care and “hands on” approach necessary in their cultivation & growth phase, Arabica beans offer breathtakingly rich coffee flavors. It is not uncommon to hear the care and attention to detail required of Arabica beans compared to the careful manner in which fine grapes are grown and harvested.
Robusta beans are easier to harvest, require less care, and are named for their robust nature. Robusta beans are not as delicate as Arabica beans and are less sensitive to climate fluctuations. The differences between Arabica and Robusta coffee don’t stop at the type of plant or where they are grown and cultivated. The most significant difference between Arabica and Robusta coffee is demonstrated in the quality and taste of a cup of coffee.
Arabica and Robusta coffees have distinctly different tastes. Arabica coffee is incredibly mild, amazingly aromatic, rarely if ever bitter, and is regarded as the more elegant of the two coffee beans. Robusta beans tend to be bitter, much higher in caffeine, and acidity levels which explains why they are commonly used for espresso. Despite Robusta beans commonly used in espresso, they remain lower in caliber and quality than Arabica beans. Roasters will often blend the Robusta beans within their roasts to boost the caffeine content and create a “bolder” taste. More often than not however; wholesale coffee companies use Robusta beans as a cheap filler. Sadly, it is a prime example of taste and flavor being sacrificed for cost..
Between Arabica and Robusta coffee, Arabica beans are most often labeled as gourmet and are known as the premium coffee. 100% AA Arabica beans are the most rare and valued coffee variety available and are typically only found through gourmet coffee retailers like Boresha Coffee. Because Arabica beans require more attention and because they have such a distinguished taste, Arabica beans tend to be slightly more expensive than typically bitter, cheap blends. The fact that Arabica beans are slightly more expensive makes them less likely to be used in average blends, though it is becoming more common as many consumers taste and develop a preference for better coffee and are willing to pay a little more for quality.
Many people don’t realize how vast the difference between Arabica and Robusta coffee truly is until they compare them in a side by side taste test. People who have never had 100% AA Arabica coffee can’t imagine how unbelievable the difference is until they try it. Once they taste the difference, most refuse to go back to Robusta or any other type of lower quality blend when they know the mild but rich flavor that comes from the Arabica beans. Taste the difference, Try a free sample of Boresha 100% AA Arabica, Certified Organic Coffee today.
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