There are 2 main types of coffee beans: Arabica beans and Robusta beans.
Arabica beans are generally considered as higher quality beans because of their characteristics. Arabica beans grown in different soils in different regions usually have their own unique flavour profiles with very smooth flavours and higher acidity. Some might taste floral and fruity while others may be smoky and chocolatey.
Caffeine occurs naturally in coffee beans, acting as natural insect repellents. Because Arabica plants are usually grown at higher altitudes, lesser insects are present and they tend to have a lesser caffeine content.
Because of these characteristics, Arabica coffee tends to be more expensive.
On the other hand, Robusta beans have good quality, just not as good as the Arabica beans. They usually have bitter flavours with smoky and woody notes with hints of peanuts. They are also lower in acidity.
They are usually grown at lower altitudes and hence naturally have higher caffeine content within their beans. They are also more affordable.
Many regions, especially in Asia, like roasting their Robusta beans with added oil and sugar to create the strong smoky flavours. Because of the roasted sugar coating, traditional Robusta coffees tend to appear very dark, almost black.
With that, no coffee is better than the other. The best coffee in the world will be the type of coffee that you love most.
To find your perfect cup of coffee, keep an open mind and have a taste of coffees from different regions with Cafe Fasolia. Your potential favourite might be hidden within our product page!