For all the coffee lovers out there who probably wouldn’t know which coffee beans to try next, not to worry as this article will guide you better. Coming to the most asked question- how many types of coffee beans there are?. There are basically four main types of coffee beans. All these coffee beans have different roasting spectrum, coffee blends and have different acidity levels, flavors and bodies. The four types are as follows,
Everybody is familiar with this commonly produced coffee bean. This coffee bean accounts for over sixty percent of the world’s coffee production. These beans are grown at high altitudes (areas that receive rainfall and a good amount of shade). These beans are influenced by its environment and are prone to diseases. One must tend these beans with great care. Good quality Arabica beans have a bright body, thereby possessing a normal amount of acidity, and a multilayered intricacy of aromas and flavors. When you are brewing coffee at home, choose Arabica coffee that has lower acidity. The quality of this bean lowers when served with creamer or cold. It is best when served hot.
You would have probably heard of Robusta since it is the world’s second most produced coffee. The Robusta beans is extremely tolerant of its environment and is immune to diseases. These coffee beans can withstand myriad altitudes but on the other hand requires a hot climate with irregular rainfall. Robusta coffee beans contain more caffeine when compared to Arabica beans. Caffeine is what makes these Robusta beans so robust. These beans will make a perfect coffee for sugar and cream lovers.
Liberica has an important place in the world’s coffee history’. These beans are larger than the others and are often asymmetrical. They are the only coffee beans in the world which has irregular shapes. The beans have a unique aroma- basically of fruity and floral. Those who have tried Liberica coffee have said that it is unlike any other coffee they have ever tasted and has a woody taste.
Excelsa beans has been recently ‘reclassified’ as a member of the Liberica family. These beans were re-named as it grows on 20 to 30 feet trees like Liberica (similar altitudes) and also has an almond-like shape. Excelsa has a tart and a fruity body with a twist of light and dark roast. It is because of this mystery that lures all the coffee drinkers to try out this varietal.
Now that you know about these coffee beans, choose the right blend that would make you morning.