Arabica, Robusta and everything in-between

We have recently added the Book of Roast to our shelf of knowledge here at Gegrond, and like our latest Nicaragua Marsellesa coffee, it is full of pleasant surprises.

An interesting fact is that other than the two more commonly known Robusta and Arabica coffee genus. There is also the Liberica and Excelsa coffee genus.

For this blog, we will stick to the Arabica and Robusta coffees. Once we have cupped the other two for ourselves, we will share our thoughts.

The picture below (Source) compares the Robusta bean against the Arabica bean. The Robusta bean is smaller in size in comparison to the Arabica bean. But make no mistake! This little bean packs a punch, the caffeine content, mouth feel, and intense bitter flavours are prominent in the Robusta bean. In comparison, the Arabica bean is considered the gentle, more flavourful one of the two. The Robusta bean is used in some Espresso blends to add to the mouth feel of the espresso and for those who like their espressos on the “strong” side.

All our coffee beans at Gegrond are from the Arabica coffee genus; however, there are some exciting developments in the world of speciality Robusta, please let us know if this is something that will interest you. If we get enough interest, we will do our best to get our hands on some speciality Robusta coffee.