Beyond Arabica and Robusta: Exploring Lesser-Known Coffee Bean Varieties

9 February 2024

Coffee Beans


Arabica and Robusta, the two heavyweight champions of the coffee world, tend to steal the spotlight when it comes to our daily brew. But the world of coffee is far more diverse and exciting than you might think. There's a treasure trove of lesser-known coffee bean varieties that offer unique flavours and experiences. In this blog post, we'll introduce you to some of these hidden gems.


  1. Liberica: The Bold and Unique

Grown primarily in West and Central Africa, as well as parts of Southeast Asia, Liberica coffee is celebrated for its bold, woody, and smoky flavours. While it's not as widely recognized as its counterparts, Liberica has a devoted following among coffee enthusiasts who appreciate its unique taste.


  1. Excelsa (Sambuca): The Tangy and Tart

Excelsa, also known as Sambuca, is a variety of coffee beans that grows primarily in regions of Southeast Asia and Africa. This lesser-known bean adds a tart and fruity element to your coffee experience. With its complex and tangy flavour profile, Excelsa is often used in blends to enhance the overall taste. It's the perfect choice for those who enjoy a coffee with a hint of wild and exotic fruitiness.


  1. Maragogipe: The Giant Bean

Maragogipe, sometimes referred to as the "elephant bean," is a rare and oversized variety of Arabica coffee. Originating in Brazil, these beans are famous for their large size and their light body, subtle acidity, and a delightful complexity that appeals to coffee aficionados looking for something different.


  1. Bourbon: The Sweet and Fruity

Bourbon coffee beans, originating from the island of Bourbon (now Réunion) in the Indian Ocean, have a distinct flavour profile that's celebrated for its sweetness and fruity notes. Their unique taste often includes hints of berries, citrus, and florals, making them a favourite among those who seek a vibrant and lively coffee experience.


  1. Pacamara: The Hybrid Wonder

Pacamara coffee beans are the result of a successful crossbreeding of Pacas (a mutation of Bourbon) and Maragogipe. These hybrid beans are celebrated for their complex and vibrant flavour profiles. Pacamara coffee often exhibits a balance of acidity and sweetness, offering a dynamic and multidimensional taste experience.


Exploring the Unknown

While Arabica and Robusta beans remain the dominant players, exploring lesser-known coffee varieties can be a rewarding adventure for your taste buds. Each of these lesser-known beans brings a unique flavour to your cup, adding depth and excitement to your coffee journey. So, next time you're looking for a fresh coffee experience, consider exploring the world of lesser-known coffee bean varieties and discover the delicious surprises they have to offer.


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