Why is the Arabica bean the star of coffee?
Arabica is the all-rounder among coffees. The Arabica beans produced by the plant known as Coffea arabica account for almost three-quarters of worldwide coffee production due to their finest aromas and properties.
How do Arabica beans taste?
The Arabica bean has a wider taste spectrum than the Robusta bean. The fresh air environment of the Arabica highland coffee is reflected in the aroma. It convinces with a clear, rounded and slightly sweet taste. Fruity to lemony notes are typical and quite deliberate. A strong but finely nuanced fragrance is characteristic.
The dense brown-red crema makes it a classic espresso bean in Western culture. The slightly milder note, combined with a relatively low chlorogenic acid content and low caffeine content, makes the Arabica bean an agreeable coffee that is gentle even on sensitive stomachs. However, since the tastes of coffee differ greatly and there are many good growing areas and varieties, it is worth trying different Arabica and Robusta blends as well as the numerous cuvets. This is the only way to find your personal favorite for espresso, filter coffee or the capsule machine.
Not all that glitters is gold
In spite of the often considered noble properties of the well-known bean, the frequently used label “100% Arabica” is not always a guarantee for superior quality. In fact, only about 5 percent of the total harvest is found to be of high quality, and as with wines, there are bad products with good names and vice versa. One should not be impressed by misleading names like “Brazil Santos” (only the name of the gigantic coffee harbor Santos in Brazil). And although Arabica is often placed before Robusta, there are both excellent Robusta varieties and Muckefuck from Arabica.
If you are looking for a good Arabica mixture, you should not only pay attention to the origin, name and mixing ratio but also to the quality and above all the taste of the bean. Espresso International offers the largest selection of espresso varieties which are composed of 100% Arabica beans. So you don’t get further by studying – but by trying! Read more about Cafe Arabica.
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