Arabica

Arabica vs Robusta coffee – what’s the difference

ARABICA COFFEE

WHAT IS ARABICA COFFEE?

Arabica is coffee that comes from the beans of the Coffea Arabica plant. Arabica coffee originates from Ethiopia and is the most widely consumed type of coffee in the world making up some 60% of the world’s coffee production.

WHY IS IT CALLED ARABICA COFFEE?

The name Arabica or Coffea Arabica is thought to have originated when coffee travelled from Ethiopia to Arabia in the 7th Century.

WHERE IS ARABICA COFFEE GROWN?

Arabica coffee plants prefer tropical climates close to the equator. This is why some of the best Arabica coffee is grown in countries such as Ethiopia, India Guatemala, Colombia and Brazil - the largest producer of Arabica coffee in the world. Arabica coffee grows well at high altitudes which is why it is often cultivated on hillsides.

ROBUSTA COFFEE

WHAT IS ROBUSTA COFFEE?

Robusta coffee is made from the beans of the Coffea canephora plant. Coffea canephora is responsible for between 30% and 40% of the world’s coffee production.

WHY IS IT CALLED ROBUSTA COFFEE?

Robusta gets its name from its hardy nature. It can grow in lower altitudes and diverse climates around the world making it a more resilient and ‘robust’ species of coffee. Robusta coffee plants are also relatively resistant to pests, insects and harsh weather conditions.

WHERE IS ROBUSTA COFFEE GROWN

Robusta’s main growing regions are Africa, Indonesia and India.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ARABICA AND ROBUSTA COFFEE?


Taste
Arabica beans vary in taste depending on the region, Arabica can be sweet to taste with fruity notes but can also have cereal or nutty flavours. They tend to have a higher acidity than Robusta beans which gives them a winey tone. In contrast, Robusta beans can be deep in flavour with a more distinct woody and nutty taste.

Appearance
Arabica plants grow between 2.5 and 4.5 metres high and Arabica beans are oval. Robusta plants can grow up to 6 metres high and the beans have a more circular appearance.

WHICH TASTES BETTER ARABICA AND ROBUSTA COFFEE?

Arabica and Robusta have two completely different, but equally delicious, tasting profiles. Arabica’s light and fruity tones make it delicious in milky drinks while Robusta’s intense and rich qualities and smooth crema work beautifully in espresso. Each coffee type has its exciting flavours and notes, but neither one tastes ‘better’ than the other.

NESPRESSO ARABICA

Solelio - discover the delicate, red fruit notes in this full-washed Arabica blend. Combining beans from Kenya and the Nariño highlands of Colombia it offers a well-balanced and lightly roasted morning blend.
Giornio - at first sip you’ll experience toasted cereal tones, followed by subtle white floral notes that are brought to life by the acidity of Kenyan Arabica. All are harmoniously combined in this medium roasted morning blend.
Cosi - This is a blend of Kenyan and South American Arabicas that are lightly roasted to create a delicate and balanced marriage of toasted cereal and fruity notes.

ARABICA ROBUSTA BLENDS – WHEN TWO DELICIOUS WORLDS COLLIDE

Envivo Lungo- Envivo Lungo is a blend of a distinctive Arabica from India with a Robusta from Mexico.
India - Master Origin India with Robusta Monsoon gets its intense, woody, spicy aromatics from the monsooned Robusta blended with Indian Arabica.
Capriccio - Capriccio is an espresso with a balanced bouquet, light acidity and a very characteristic cereal note. It is composed of Arabicas from South America including Brazil, in ideal proportions, and a touch of lightly roasted Robusta.
Inspirazione Palerno Kazaar - A daring blend including Robustas from Brazil and Guatemala, specially prepared for Nespresso, and a separately roasted Arabica from South America.

ROBUSTA BLENDS

Inspirazione Ristretto Italiano - combines the best East African and South American Arabicas. This blend contains the great, lightly acidic Kenyan Arabicas and a touch of Robusta for added zing.
Inspirazione Ristretto Italiano Decaffeinato- is powerful and contrasting with a hint of fruit. A selection of the best Kenyan and South American Arabicas are sophisticatedly blended with a touch of Robusta.

Posted August 09, 2022 - By Admin

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