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So whats really the difference you ask with so many coffee bags and types within the UK coffee shops and coffee suppliers. With over 100 coffee species, there are two main ones that are widely produced: Coffea Arabica (Arabica) and Coffea Canephora (Robusta). At So Pure, our roasted bean Essenza comes from 25% Robusta Bean, 75% Arabica Bean from Brazil, creating sweet fruity flavour and roasted in our factory in traditional Probat drums allowing the full flavours to increase.
So some facts between the two coffee bean.
Estimates that 75% of the world’s coffee production is Arabica, about 25% being Robusta. Brazil is the most significant Arabica producer and Vietnam produces the most Robusta, with exports total 1.55 million metric tons in 2018, with output is set to rise about 4.5% in 2017-18: Trade Minister°
Robust bean has more caffeine compared to Arabica. Which may sound like a positive thing but caffeine carries a bitter taste which makes it an unpleasant drink. The Robusta bean has 2.7% caffeine content, almost double the 1.5% of Arabica.
Robusta beans are much more circular, whereas Arabica is more oval.
On average it takes around 42 coffee beans to make an espresso.
The Arabica coffee plant is a self-pollinating plant, meaning the plant will have fewer mutations and fewer variations throughout its life cycle as compared to Robusta coffee plant.
Sugar plays an important role in any coffee roasting process, creating and releasing those aromatic coffee textures and body of the coffee. Arabica contains almost 60% more lipids and almost twice the concentration of sugars than robusta.