Arabica Coffee Beans

Written by Linda Alexander
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Arabica coffee beans are known for a better-flavored coffee. There are two main species of coffee that are grown for sale: robusta and arabica. Gourmet coffee houses serve arabica coffee, while the worst cup of coffee you ever had probably came from a pot of robusta coffee that had been sitting for hours.

Gourmet Coffee: Arabica Coffee Beans

If you have been spoiled by the quality coffee served at coffee houses, you are probably craving the taste of arabica coffee beans. You can brew fine coffee at home as well; the trick is to use only arabica coffee. Organic coffee, grown without the use of artificial fertilizers, allows plantation owners to grow their farms in a sustainable way, without the use of chemicals. Expect to pay a little more for organic coffee, but know that you are doing a good thing to secure the future of the coffee industry.

Most specialty shops only sell arabica coffee and beans. On the other hand, the large commercial companies either sell robusta coffee, or a mixture of both types of beans. Arabica coffee beans produce a stronger-tasting coffee, and actually contain less caffeine than robusta beans.

While many people are only familiar with coffee grown in Colombia, the fact is that it is commercially grown in over 80 countries around the world. Coffee only grows near the equator, between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. While it is grown at varying altitudes, experts say that the richest coffee is harvested at high altitude plantations.

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