We want to help you with just 5 little differences that can guide you in choosing the right mix (or blend) for your coffee. Here are 5 simple differences between Arabica and Robusta:
- Caffeine: Robusta has more caffeine compared to Arabica.It’s calculated that Robusta coffee beans have on average 83% more caffeinethan arabica beans, so making coffee with these beans will produce a cup of coffee with 83% more caffeine.
- Price: green beans of Robusta are about half the price of Arabica green beans on the commodity market.
- Taste: Robusta has a strong and harsh taste, with a grain-like overtone and peanutty aftertaste. Arabica beans tend to have a sweeter, softer taste, with tones of sugar, fruit, and berries.
- Flavor: Robusta beans have a flavor that is often described as astringent or rubbery.
- Sweetness: Arabica features double the sugar content of Robusta, and 60% more lipids (the oils that give coffee its rich flavor).
Most people feel that robusta lacks the flavor that arabica beans possess, but robusta coffee is catching on because of its high caffeine content. Some people and experts will be ready to suggest a 100% Arabic coffee and another 50% of people and experts will be ready to suggest a right mix between the two types for a good blend.
So we don’t have a recipe. The truth is that everybody prefers their own coffee and this is the reason why you usually prefer the taste of some kind of coffee and other times you don’t like the taste of some other kind of coffee.