So you’re wondering which coffee is better, Arabica or Robusta? Both are excellent coffee varieties that each offer its own unique coffee tips which makes choosing one extremely hard. You have to decide what type of coffee you prefer, what your preferred flavor is and how it will react with your coffee drinking habits. To make this easier, we will discuss and explain some coffee tips that pertain to each coffee bean.
Robusta coffee is an all round good coffee variety, which offers a medium-flavored taste. It has a mild and fruity taste that compliments most coffee brands. Arabica coffee on the other hand is a more robust type of coffee, which offers a full-bodied flavor. It is also known as a “dark roast” coffee, which can have an earthy taste to it when taken lightly. Second to arabica in popularity is Coffea canephora which is made by the coffee grower’s choice of hybrid trees.
Arabica is said to be harder than Robusta but it is actually a softer coffee bean. It is also grown in cooler climates. This coffee type offers rich flavor with an earthy aroma and a slightly bitter taste to it. The coffee grown in Arabica mountains tend to be less fertile compared to Robusta, which is grown in cool and warmer climates. Some argue over which is better but it is safe to say that the jury is still out on this debate.
There are coffee varieties that are blended with milk or sugar. One coffee that is said to be like this is Vietnamese coffee. Vietnamese coffee is made with sugar cane and so does not use any coffee powder. Although the coffee does not use any coffee powder it is still a very light coffee. Because of this lack of coffee powder the coffee has a sweeter flavor and does not have the bitterness of other types of coffee.
The other main coffee type is Robusta, which is grown in the rain forests of South America. Robusta coffee is used for its caffeine content. This coffee has two main coffee compounds; caffeine and ferulic acid, which act as a natural sweetener. These two chemicals do not have any effect on the taste of coffee as most coffee drinkers know, they just give the coffee a slightly bitter flavor.
Arabica coffee has much less caffeine than Robusta. Arabica coffee tends to have a higher acidity level and so does not have the unpleasant bitterness of Robusta. Arabica also contains more sweetness and does not have the acidic properties of Robusta. Some Arabica varieties are grown in places where the climate is very arid and have very low sugar crops.
As far as the flavor of coffee goes the more I try different blends the more I come to know what I like. The biggest problem for me personally is deciding which coffee is the best coffee for me. The reason I tend to get satisfaction with American coffee over other coffee brands is because I don’t drink a lot of coffee. I am able to drink coffee several times during the day and I typically only get one cup of coffee a day. Other coffee brands contain more caffeine, which means that my body does not get the full amount of coffee flavor like it does with American coffee blends.
I have tasted Arabica coffee from both the United States and the eastern hemisphere. I have always been satisfied with Arabica coffee but I do prefer the taste of Robusta coffee over Arabica coffee. I think the reason I tend to be happier drinking American coffee brands is because I know that they contain more flavor. Maybe this is just my preference but I do enjoy the taste of robusta over arabica coffee.