Arabica and Robusta
What’s the difference between the two?
The two varieties differ in taste, growing conditions, price. Arabica beans tend to have a sweeter, softer taste, with tones of sugar, fruit, and berries. Their acidity is higher.
Robusta has a stronger, more pronounced taste, with a grain-like overtone and peanut aftertaste. They contain double the caffeine as Arabica beans, and they are generally considered to be of inferior quality compared to Arabica. However, some are of high quality and valued especially in espressos for their deep flavour and good crema.
Robusta are easier to grow. They can grow at lower altitudes than Arabica. They are also less vulnerable to pests and weather conditions. They produce fruit much more quickly, and yield more crop per tree.
Our Robusta coffee beans are grown exclusively in Indonesia.
Arabica coffee is mostly used in fresh coffee. It ahs a delicate flavour and offers a balanced aroma with a sweet, sharp taste. It is considered a higher grade of coffee as compared to Robusta. It makes up almost 70% of the world’s coffee supply.
One of the reasons why Arabica is more costly is because it has to be grown at a higher elevation of at least 600-2000 metres. It requires a cool subtropical climate, plenty of rich soil, sun, shade and moisture. It is a more vulnerable plant and is always subjected to attack from various pests. Extra care has to be taken for Arabica beans.
Our Arabica beans are sourced from the hills of Sumatra.