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Differences between Arabica & Robusta

Arabica vs Robusta

Coffea Arabica and Coffea Robusta are known as the main coffee species produced all around the world, among more than a hundred different others species.





Coffee Curiosities

  • Arabica beans contain about 60% more fat and almost twice the amount of sugar than Robusta, explaining the sweetness and softer taste
  • Large amounts of Caffeine give coffee a bitter taste
  • Caffeine is known as a powerful insecticide and pest resistant. Therefore, Robusta tend to be easier to grow than Arabica
  • World's most expensive Coffee, known as "Kopi luwak" or even "cat poop coffee", is produced from coffee beans which have first been digested by a cat-like Asian animal, named Palm Civet.


As we can see on the table below, the differences between the two are clear:


  Arabica Robusta

   Caffeine concentration

1-1.5%

2-2.5%

   Taste

Sweeter and softer

Fruity, floral & berries

Mild and aromatic

Higher acidity

Biter, harsh, stronger

Burnt tires or rubbery

Lower acidity

   Price ££££ ££ (half price)
   Cultivation 600m – 2200m Sea level – 800m
   Main producers

Brazil

Vietnam
   Commonly used in…

Espresso

Instant Coffee

   Worldwide consumption

±70

± 30%

   Coffee beans shape

Oval

Circular

Filipe Ferrao

Filipe Ferrao

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