Types of Coffee Beans: Arabica vs Robusta

Types of Coffee Beans: Arabica vs Robusta

The main differences between Arabica and Robusta coffee beans lie in their taste profiles, growing conditions, physical characteristics and price. 
1. Taste Profile:
   - Arabica: Generally has a mild, nuanced flavor with a wider range of aromatic notes. It often includes fruity, floral, and acidic tones.
   - Robusta: Tends to be stronger, more bitter, and has a heavier, earthier taste. It's often described as having a somewhat woody or nutty flavor.
2. Caffeine Content:
   - Arabica:Contains less caffeine compared to Robusta, making it a preferred choice for those sensitive to caffeine or seeking a milder option.
3. Acidity:
   - Arabica: Has a higher acidity, which contributes to its bright and lively flavor profile.
   - Robusta: Typically lower in acidity, resulting in a less bright and more straightforward taste.
4. Growing Conditions:
   - Arabica: Thrives at higher elevations with cooler temperatures, requiring more care and specific conditions for cultivation.
   - Robusta: Grows at lower altitudes and in warmer climates, making it easier to cultivate and pick since machinery can be used. 
5. Coffee Appearance:
   - Arabica: Oval-shaped with a curved crease on one side.
   - Robusta: Rounder and smaller, with a straighter crease on one side.
For us the choice between Arabica and Robusta is simple. While Arabica is more expensive to cultivate and harvest it gives us unique flavors that are inherent to the growing conditions and processing method. Unlike robusta which can be harsh, rubbery and extremely earthy in taste. 
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