101 History of Robusta

101 History of Robusta

When it comes to coffee, most people are familiar with the rich and aromatic flavors of arabica beans. But did you know that there is another variety of coffee bean that has been historically overlooked and under appreciated?

Enter Robusta - the unsung hero of the coffee world and our bean that we proudly showcase to the world!

What is the History of Robusta?

Robusta coffee beans, scientifically known as Coffea canephora, were first discovered in the late 19th century in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Unlike arabica, which is native to Ethiopia, robusta quickly gained popularity due to its higher caffeine content and resistance to diseases.

However, despite its potential, robusta has always played second fiddle to arabica. The lack of investment in robusta can be traced back to historical inequities and the unfair perception of the bean as a lower-tier coffee.

Why has Robusta been Undervalued?

One of the main reasons for the undervaluation of robusta is the inequitable investment in its cultivation and production. While arabica has received significant resources and attention from various governing bodies, robusta has been left behind.

This lack of investment has resulted in a vicious cycle. Without proper resources, robusta farmers struggle to improve the quality of their beans, leading to a perception that robusta is of lower quality compared to arabica. This perception further perpetuates the lack of investment, creating a cycle that is difficult to break.

The Unfair Perception of Robusta

It is time to challenge the unfair perception of robusta. While arabica may be known for its delicate flavors and complex profiles, robusta has its own unique qualities that deserve recognition.

Robusta beans have a distinct earthy and bold taste. They also have a higher caffeine content, providing that much-needed energy boost to kickstart your day. These properties are why its regularly used in espresso blends and instant coffee but old industry standards have long failed to properly and transparently label Robusta Coffee. 

Furthermore, robusta is more resilient to pests and diseases, making it a sustainable choice for coffee farmers. By embracing robusta, we can support farmers who have been overlooked for far too long.

Breaking the Cycle: Investing in Robusta

It is time to break the cycle of neglect and invest in robusta. By providing robusta farmers with the necessary resources and support, we can empower them to improve the quality of their beans and compete on an equal footing with arabica.

Additionally, it is crucial for governing bodies and industry leaders to recognize the value of robusta and promote its unique qualities. By doing so, we can elevate robusta to its rightful place in the coffee world.

Next time you enjoy a cup of coffee, take a moment to appreciate the history and potential of robusta. Let us celebrate the diversity of coffee and support the farmers who work tirelessly to bring us this beloved beverage.

We proudly stand with Nguyen Coffee Supply's Robusta pledge - A commitment to advancing opportunities for robusta farming communities through inclusivity, transparency & collective care!

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