Arabic and Robusta are the most popular of more than a dozen coffee varieties.
Arabica is grown at higher elevations (3,000 – 6,000 feet) and is a milder, yet more complex bean than Robusta. Ripening slower, with a lower yield, it is considered a higher quality bean and costs around twice as much as Robusta.
Robusta is grown in warmer and drier conditions at lower altitudes (up to 2,000 feet). As the name suggests, it is a hardy, thriving in bad conditions where Arabica would perish. It contains around 50% more caffeine than Arabica.
Blending Arabica and Robusta is done for balance and complexity. The acidic ‘snap’ of Arabica is balanced by the full bodied feel of Robusta to produce a well rounded coffee.