Luxury Arabica and cheaper Robusta beans are strikingly different both in terms of taste and appearance. They are almost impossible to confuse. They're like cats and dogs, with their own distinct varietal differences.
If you need a pick-me-up in a single cup, then Robusta is the coffee to choose. However, Arabica is more suitable if you want to delight in the brightest taste properties of coffee. The ideal drink is a combination of both varieties of beans. Luxury varieties with correctly selected proportions are distinguished by a noble, but not overpowering bitterness. They also possess a certain acidity, unique enticing aroma, as well as excellent energy properties.
How are Arabica and Robusta used to create the different blends and beverages?
All blends can be divided into two groups: 100% Arabica coffee in differing varieties, and those combined with Robusta. Pure Arabica blends differ in terms of their unique taste nuances. Gourmet coffee lovers claim to be able to identify about 1200 of them. On the other hand the second group provides additional strength and cream.
Here are examples of some famous blends:
In elite coffee houses, 10 to 20% Robusta is used in blends. This blend is moderately strong with a slight bitterness. Fast food establishments and cafes at service stations use a larger amount of Robusta making the drink bitter and strong, with a weak aroma of coffee.