Robusta – Another Big Name In Coffee Beans
Coffee has become the staple drink for millions of people all over the world. It has led to an uncontrollable spawning of numerous coffee shops and countless enthusiasts who have dedicated their lives to getting that perfect cup. It has formed the same bonds in social gathering as that of alcohol.
Robusta coffee beans, also known as Coffea Canephora, is one specie of coffee that has significant commercial importance. Together with Arabica coffee beans, both coffee types compose 99% of the world’s coffee output.
Difference with Arabica Beans
Robusta and arabica are the 2 superpowers of the coffee industry. Flavor wise, robusta coffee are not as rich as arabica. They have a more bitter taste that most palettes avoid. However, as to caffeine content, robusta beans have twice as much caffeine as against its counterpart.
Notice that some of the best blends of coffee are part arabica and part robusta. Who would complain? You get to derive the best benefits from both beans that is flavor and caffeine.
The Robusta Benefits
The robusta coffee bean has been known to be an inferior blend to that of arabica. However, this bean should not be underestimated. It may be an additive to espresso blends or instant coffee to get that sought after foamy or creamy texture in espressos, but the uses do not stop there.
The bean is also popularly used in skin care therapy. The robusta bean is rich in antioxidants, which are popular elements of cellular rejuvenation. A cup of coffee in the morning does not only wake you up, but also encourage your cells to heal. Further, due to its acidic content, robusta beans are more coveted ingredients in facial or body masks to remove excess oil and dead cells.
Cultivation of Robusta Coffee Beans
Vietnam is largest exporter of robusta coffee in the world. It is less expensive to cultivate them since they can thrive in any type of weather and require limited care. Once robusta cherries ripen, they remain on the tree perfectly preserved, unlike ripe arabica cherries which fall to the ground and degrade after they come into contact with the warm soil.
Thus, robusta do not demand a high price because of the economical cultivation and production. They are less prone to pest and agricultural diseases. And each harvest is abundant. Hence, there is much to go around fulfilling human needs for both the taste and the health traced from robusta beans.
Robusta Made Easily Available
Robusta coffee beans may have traveled around the world before reaching your favorite coffee shop, supermarket, spa, office, or just your ordinary kitchen. First, they have been harvested from Central America (Brazil), Asia (India, Vietnam, Philippines), or Africa (Angola, Ivory Coast). They are processed for human consumption locally or abroad through batch roasting, freeze drying, sun drying, or the traditional manual drying. Sometimes, they are stored and aged before releasing them to the market.
They are cheap but highly effective additives in beauty products, as well. Hence, they are also transported in chemical laboratories around the world before they end up in the local beauty aisles and drugs stores.