• Arabica vs. Robusta Explained

    Arabica vs. Robusta Explained

    Lately, coffee has been making headlines from one side of the globe to the other. The young adults of the Millennial and Gen Z generations have popularized the morning drink to be more of a cultural artifact rather than the old school, black cup of Joe your dad used to have before work in the mornings. From hailing chains as the sole proprietors of coffee concoctions to now being more inclined to have respect for the small, local coffee shops - the trend and search for good coffee and their large portion of supporters do not seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon.

    Although the young adults of the population may put in their dating app bios that their interests include coffee, knowledge of what it takes to make that cup of caffeine may be severely overlooked. These devoted coffee lovers from all across the world may not know the substantial difference between different coffee beans and what their specific roasts entail for what they are about to drink. We have compiled information to educate our readers to bring to light the better and wide variety of tastes that the Arabica bean can provide for anyone - rather than its competitor for beverages, Robusta.

    Just because the beans may look alike on the outside after being roasted, there are real contrasts between the two strains of beans. The Arabica have a range of flavors that it provides, making it a great bean for companies to use in order to provide different variations of the product for even the pickiest of coffee drinkers. It is more of a soft, sweeter taste that has notes of berries and sugar - which can highly vary depending on how it is roasted. 

    Despite having less caffeine in the Arabica plants than the Robusta, this is actually a positive trait! Caffeine carries a bitter taste that can only be described as something like burnt tires and rubber. The lesser amount of caffeine is why Arabica beans have a lighter and sweeter taste than Robusta and why it is normally preferred by coffee drinkers.

    Being the longest plant to grow and due to it needing to be grown in very specific conditions, Arabica beans tend to be pricier. Although they are praised to be a more popular and a more flavorful bean than Robusta, they need proper conditions in order to grow as well as having a longer growing period. They are the only coffee bean produced in Colombia and most of Latin America. Nonetheless, you can always find them hanging out on supermarket shelves, but you won’t find it under instant or inexpensive coffee brands.

    In our coffee at Atilano, we use only high-quality and medium roast Arabica coffee beans. There is no contest between the two different beans for us - Arabica is the preferable and obvious choice when it comes to better coffee for you. We ensure that our coffee beans are only on a medium roast, nothing else. When a coffee bean is under a dark roast, this is usually to hide imperfections in attempts to bring out a “bolder” flavor although one may not be there or to trick the mind into thinking this is a stronger coffee when in reality, it is not. Our signature blend is Latin Poetry - a delicate taste that brings a light and sweet tang of flavor that dedicated coffee drinkers will appreciate and love. 

    Try our lovely blend here to have a coffee experience like no other.