Robusta Coffee beans constitute almost 40 percent of the globally produced coffee. Being the signature coffee beans of Vietnam, it plays a significant role in Vietnamese coffee culture. Despite this, Robusta blend coffee hasn’t been able to find its rightful place on the global scale and stays behind Arabica beans in terms of export.
Can You Consider Robusta Coffee as Quality Coffee?
You might think how a specific coffee bean can play a significant role in a country’s whole coffee culture. Let me tell you why fine Robusta blended coffee can be the next big thing in the specialty coffee niche in the near future.
- Arabica coffee beans are expensive to produce as these plants are sensitive to weather changes and diseases. Also, these plants need protection from direct sunlight, ample rainfall, high altitude, etc. to ensure healthy growth and quality of the beans. On the other hand, Robusta coffee beans plants are more resilient and do not need special care during production.
- Thus, it helps bring the production cost down to a significant level due to being resistant to weather issues and pest problems.
- Time plays a major factor in the production of quality coffee. Unlike Arabica, Robusta trees take less time to mature and start to produce fruit much earlier, yielding more crop per tree. So with Robusta coffee, the issue of the gap between the demand and the produce will be filled to a great extent which is a major problem with Arabica Coffee.
- Due to its higher caffeine content which is almost double the arabica coffee, fine Robusta blended coffee provides an extra energy boost. It adds a good layer of rich and smooth ‘crema’ to the drink when brewed properly. Not only that, but the beans also manage to produce a more well-rounded cup of coffee by adding more depth and complexities to the overall taste, which is a significant criterion for specialty coffee.
- For coffee lovers who love to add milk to their coffee, fine Robusta blended coffee can be a better option than arabica coffee due to its natural bitterness and acidic taste. This is because the milk, when added to a cup of arabica coffee, increases the overall sweetness of the drink too much due to the natural sweetness of the Arabica beans. On the other hand, the Robusta’s natural bitterness can cut through the sweetness of the milk to add more dimension to the coffee and provide a more balanced taste.
Robusta coffee beans are like the hidden gems yet to be found by the world. With the rise in its popularity, more and more institutions and specialty coffee roasters have started taking an interest in the Robusta coffee beans. They are promoting it as a specialty coffee in front of the global market. Judging by the current increase in the fan base of fine Robusta blended coffee and exposure of the Vietnamese coffee culture on a global scale, it is safe to assume that Robusta coffee is not only here to stay but will also bring a significant change in the way we look at specialty coffee.