Robusta or Arabica Beans?

There are two main types of coffee beans, Arabica and Robusta and people quite frequently ask me “what’s the difference?”

Well, the Arabica plant grows at a higher altitude than Robusta, conferring a richer bean with more concentrated flavours, quite often you will get hints of chocolate, hazelnut and fruity berries in the drink.  While the Robusta coffee plant is a far hardier species that grows at lower altitudes and tends to provide more bitter coffee with often woody and earthy notes. Robusta is also higher in caffeine, typically twice that of Arabica. So if you like the caffeine high look for the higher Robusta blends like Intenso or Ira.  

On the whole, Arabica coffee tends to be the absolute winner for quality and taste. There is no doubt that a good quality Arabica coffee is exceptionally celestial. However, while Robusta’s are known to be bitterer than Arabica’s and are often referred as the low-quality option, the reality is that there are many different quality grades for both type of coffees, and therefore they accommodate a large variety of qualities, flavours, textures and tastes. 

At Espressopedia we have a range of coffees from 100% pure Arabica or Robusta pods and 80:20, 60:40 and 50:50 blends of these beans meaning the myriad of flavours and sensations you can get are innumerable. Did you know that there are more distinguishable coffee flavours than there are wine flavours? Some of these coffees are excellent to be mixed with milk, like a Cremoso, while others are especially good for a morning wake up and yet others are particularly enjoyable during a relaxing and peaceful moment.

The truth is there is no real “best coffee” as it all comes down to your individual taste. As simple as that! The coffee you like will certainly differ from the coffee others like. And that is the beauty of it – it is the diversity of coffee tastes and people’s tastes where the magic is.


At Espressopedia we have set of extraordinary coffee especially for you. We have taken care that they are of exceptional quality. In addition, we have a range of Lavazza A Modo Mio compatible capsules that are biodegradable. We listen to our customers to continually enhance and expand our range of coffees ensuring you have satisfaction in every cup. 


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