Differences Between the 2 Main Coffee Varieties

Differences Between the 2 Main Coffee Varieties

Jennifer Broadley 15 Sep, 2016
Differences Between the 2 Main Coffee Varieties

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. It is prepared from 2 main coffee varieties – Arabica and Robusta. In this article find out what are the differences between the two.

Arabica and Robusta coffee varieties differ in terms of taste, caffeine level and growing conditions. It is quite important to know the characteristics of each coffee type when choosing what to drink.




Arabica coffee beans have a softer taste. This coffee variety is described as having hints of berries, fruits and sugar.

Robusta beans have a stronger taste, with peanutty aftertaste.

Caffeine level

Robusta coffee beans contain twice as much caffeine as Arabica beans. 

Growing conditions

Robusta variety is easier to cultivate and it produces fruit more quickly than Arabica variety. Robusta grows mostrly in Africa and Indonesia. 

Arabica coffee type is harder to grow as it requires lots of moisture, higher elevation and rich soil. This coffee variety is grown dominantly in Latin America.


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