Although 70% of the world's production of coffee is Arabica, Robusta has many advantages for the real coffee lover. The Italians have been adding Robusta coffee beans to their coffee blends for centuries to help create the perfect espresso coffee.
Reason 1: Low Acidity
Robusta coffee beans have a lower acidity than Arabica beans. This means that a coffee made with Robusta beans will be gentler on your stomach.
Reason 2: Higher Caffeine
On average Robusta coffee beans contain roughly 2.5% more caffeine than your average Arabica coffee.This makes Robusta beans a perfect addition to your blend of coffee to produce the ultimate "Pick Me Up".
Reason 3: Perfect Crema
Italian coffee blends love adding Robusta coffee beans to their coffee blends, usually 15-20%, because Robusta makes a fantastic Crema. When the ground coffee is pressurised through an espresso machine, carbon dioxide is extracted along with melanoidins to create the foam topping, which is the crema. This crema looks very much like a Guinness, and helps to improve the smoothness of the espresso coffee.
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