Why are Robusta coffee beans less commonly sold in stores than Arabica?

Why are Robusta coffee beans less commonly sold in stores than Arabica?

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  1. Because some marketers have convinced the public that the more arabica the higher quality the coffee. In truth, the best coffee is a blend of robusta and arabica, the same way that the finest wines are a blend several types of grape so that each lends its particular characteristic to the final blend with superior results.
    But rather than educate themselves, the buying public just goes along escalating the price of coffee for no good reason.

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  2. You asked “Why are Robusta coffee beans less commonly sold in stores than Arabica?”

    Why are Robusta coffee beans less commonly sold in stores than Arabica?

    Arabica is known to produce a better tasting coffee, all other things being equal, than Robusta. And beans produced from Arabica varieties outsell Robusta by a significant margin. This is especially true today in a connoisseur’s market.
    In the twelve months ending May 2020, exports of Arabica totalled 80.07 million bags compared to 82.94 million bags last year; whereas Robusta exports amounted to 47.58 million bags compared to 46.44 million bags.
    – International Coffee Organization – What’s New
    The Robusta bean (technically a “cherry”) traces its origins as a marketable coffee to times when the worldwide coffee market was hit with crop failures due to pests, disease, and natural disasters. As its name implies, it is much more robust than Arabica. Also, larger coffee roasters, always looking at the bottom line, realized that they could grow Robusta at lower altitudes, whereas Arabica requires much higher elevation and cannot withstand the blazing sun as well. It is much cheaper to grow, cultivate and process. That is why it, and not Arabica, is used to produce Folger’s, Maxwell House, Yuban, and other bottom-shelf offerings.
    Robusta, on the other hand will grow at low altitudes in all sorts of climates, it is cold hardy, drought friendly, disease and pest resistant, yields bigger crops and is a lot easier and less expensive to cultivate.
    Why is Robusta such a dirty word?
    Robusta has body, and for that reason it can do well as a small percentage of the blend in an espresso. But it is rarely sought after by aficionados as a single-origin coffee. Sure, you could, with proper cultivation and roasting make it drinkable on its own, but it will never have the allure of its prettier, more tasteful sister, Arabica.
    It all comes down to a matter of taste. Some people thought “Two Buck Chuck” was a drinkable wine. Some people love Robusta.

    Why are Robusta coffee beans less commonly sold in stores than Arabica?

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  3. Coffea Robusta is the plant that produces the robusta beans. The plant is more heat tolerant and can grow very well in tropical conditions, and the plant is pest resistant as well. The beans that robusta produces has a much higher percentage of caffeine, and in flavour when roasted. A stronger and more ‘robust’ flavour.
    Most of the robusta beans are sold in South East Asia. People here seems to favour its taste. My mom thinks the expensive South American beans I get ‘insipid’ and ‘weak’.

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