Updated: Jul 2
Suppose you are buying coffee beans for your home or business and are unsure what to look for.
In that case, this guide will help you to understand the differences between the basic types of coffee and bust the coffee jargon, so you can decide which variety is right for you. #peacemakercoffee
The two main varieties of coffee are arabica and robusta. Arabica originated from Ethiopia, while robusta came from Uganda. Both are now grown in several other regions throughout the world.
Generally speaking, arabica is superior to robusta, with a much stronger and more distinct flavor- robusta can be bitter and weak-tasting- however, the taste also varies depending on which region the coffee comes from and the processes it is subjected to during growing shipping, storing and brewing.
You will often find that coffee is described in terms similar to those you might find in wine tasting: the main three categories used are flavor (such as ‘sweet’ or ‘spicy’), aroma (such as ‘flowery’ or ‘chocolaty’), body (such as ‘medium-bodied’ or ‘full-bodied’) and acidity (which refers to how ‘sharp’ or ‘clean’ the coffee tastes, LOW ACIDITY).
When you buy coffee beans, you will probably buy them already roasted. Roasting unlocks the flavor from the bean, and the extent to which beans are roasted varies- for example, you can buy ‘medium roast’ beans, ‘Italian roast’ beans (‘Italian’ refers to the roast- it does not indicate that the beans came from Italy), and so on.
It is worth trying out different types of coffee, using the above points as a guide. You will be amazed at the range of flavors out there, and the more effort you make to try the different flavors, the more of an expert you will become.