The Arabica type is mainly known for being a specie that allows a wide variety of flavors in coffee. Arabica is one of the two primary species of coffee plants that are grown across the world, the other coffee specie is Coffea canephora which produces Robusta coffee. Even though both coffee varieties are popular, Arabica coffee alone forms 70% of the total coffee production.
Arabica coffee is referred to as the merlot of coffee. It has a mild taste and according to Arabica coffee lovers, it has a light and airy sweetness and offers a feeling that it came straight from the mountains where they grew. Coffee made from Arabica coffee beans may have a wide aroma and flavors, such as flowers, fruit, honey, chocolate, caramel, etc, depending on its terroir and processing.
Arabica vs. Robusta
The differences between the Arabica from Robusta coffee are mainly in flavor, shape of the beans and growing.
While Robusta offers a strong and intense flavor, Arabica is wide more sweet, with light acidity and fruit notes. Also, Arabica coffee's flavor can change according to where it has been cultivated - higher altitudes and mild weather result in a more sweet, pleasant taste.
The shape of the beans isthe main visual difference, Robusta shows a straight line in the middle of the beans, while in Arabica beans, the line has a smooth curve, like the image below:
Arabica Coffee Growing
Arabica coffee plants take about four years to produce fully. They grow best in higher altitudes. However, they can be grown at sea level as well, but will present a totally different cupping profile from the mountains’ ones. The coffee plants can withstand low temperatures but be susceptible to frosts losts. After two to four years of planting the Arabica coffee the plants produce some small, white, and strongly scented flowers. The smell of these flowers resemble the sweet smell of jasmine flowers.
After some good rains, the plants start producing the berries. The berries appear dark green like leaves and turn yellow when they start to ripe. After that, they turn into light red and finally darken to a glossy, deep red. These cherries have the beans inside that we refer to as coffee beans. Each berry usually has two beans.
Atlantica's Arabica Coffee
Atlantica Coffee works exclusively with Arabica coffee. We export green arabica coffee beans to more than 40 countries across the world, bringing people together through the unique flavors we have available in our portfolio. Atlantica's Arabica beans have three main types: Fine Cup, Good Cup and Rio Minas.
While Fine and Good Cup are types that presents a more sweet taste, Rio Minas is known for its particular taste. It is widely part of the culture of many countries in Middle East, because from that type of bean we can make the famous Turkish and Arabic Coffees - traditional styles of coffee which are part of the routine of many people.
So, whether you are planning to have the best quality Arabica coffee in Lebanon or other country, Atlantica Coffee can help you have it. No matter where you are currently at, you can import Arabica coffee beans direclty from Brazil. To get quotations, prices and other information, you can fill the form bellow and we'll reach to you!