on 10 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: About Coffee Beans
About Arabica Gourmet Coffee
In the world of coffee, there are so many varieties and blends that making the right choice can be pretty difficult. With all these great options, how can one possibly choose? Well, that is why I wrote this article – to help you sort out these great choices so that you can find the perfect type and blend of coffee for your tastebuds. In this article, I will explain arabica gourmet coffee and its unique properties that may make you fall in love with what it has to offer your senses.
The Two Main Types of Coffee Beans
Generally speaking, when we talk about commercial coffee, we are talking about two main types: coffea robusta and coffea arabica (or, robusta and arabica, respectively). Both have their distinctive traits, and most people prefer one or the other. On a whole, the general consensus is that arabica coffee beans tend to be better in quality and taste than robusta, which is why they are also more expensive. This article focuses primarily on arabica gourmet coffee beans.
Arabica Gourmet Coffee Beans: A History
Arabica has the distinction of being characterized as the first type of coffee bean cultivated by humans. This type of bean is indigenous to Ethiopia and Yemen and was named after Arab traders who spread it throughout the world. Legend has it that an Ethiopian goatherd saw his goats nibbling on arabica berries (with beans inside) and noticed that they had more energy. Intrigued, he nibbled on these leaves and noticed that he had more energy and was more alert. Arab traders roasted and brewed the beans and praised the new drink and allowed it to spread throughout the known world to millions worldwide.
These days, arabica gourmet coffee primarily comes from Colombia, which only grows this specific type. Other countries grow arabic plants as well, but generally, the best tasting gourmet coffee in the world is widely viewed by many as coming from Colombian coffee plantations. This process is not so simple, though. Arabica coffee plants take seven years to fully mature before they can begin to develop bean-bearing fruit, and can be quite labor-intensive – which is why they tend to be more expensive than robusta.
Arabica Coffee Beans: Traits and Characteristics
If you like coffee that is smooth, mellow, and rich in flavor, then arabica is definitely the blend for you. Unlike robusta, arabica is generally mild yet full of flavor and taste, lacking the sharp, acidic bitterness of the other blend. Arabica also has less caffeine than robusta, which can be a good thing or a bad thing (depending on whether or not you are a morning person!).
Arabica is well suited to just about any type of coffee you can think of, including the “high-end” varieties and concoctions that are becoming popular today. Arabica also lends itself well to sweet flavors, such as chocolate, which is why mocha lattes made with arabica beans are particularly delicious.
Ultimately it does not really matter what type of coffee you use, as long as you enjoy it. But hopefully this article has convinced you to at least try this wonderful type of gourmet coffee called arabica. Who knows? Maybe you will fall in love with it like so many before you have.
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