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Arabica Coffee


Arabica coffee grows best in mountainous climates

Have you seen gourmet coffee proudly proclaiming that it contains Arabica beans and you wondered what that means?

Arabica coffee beans are considered by some coffee lovers to make milder, less bitter coffee. They are generally more costly to source because the plants they grow on are not as hardy as the Robusta coffee bean plant.

Arabica best grows in mountainous climates while Robusta grows in more varied climates. The Arabica coffee plant is more vulnerable to pests and needs low pH soil, light shade, evenly distributed rain and a temperature of around 20 C (68 F) to thrive.  All of this, plus a longer growing cycle, contributes to Arabica’s higher cost.

Arabica was first grown in the southwestern highlands of Ethiopia, southeastern Sudan, Yemen and Kenya, hence the name Arabica – meaning “from Arabia”.  It is now grown in many regions of the tropics including Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia and others.

So next time you see that a coffee contains Arabica beans, you’ll know that you hold a precious commodity in your hands.


NESCAFÉ selects special Arabica beans for many blends

Arabica coffee beans offer a smooth, pleasing taste and NESCAFÉ selects special Arabica beans for many of our blends. So if you’re in the mood for a gourmet coffee experience, why not try one of the following?  

NESCAFÉ GOLD is a distinctive blend of Arabica and Robusta beans

NESCAFÉ CAP COLOMBIE is made exclusively from Colombian Arabica beans, chosen for their aromatic tones and light roasted undertones that retain their aroma while delivering a smooth flavor.

NESCAFÉ ALTA RICA is a special blend of exclusive Latin American Arabica beans chosen for their full and dark roasted bold flavors.

NESCAFÉ Espresso is made from a blend of Arabica beans, fully roasted for a dark and intense flavor to bring you the authentic Italian espresso experience with fine crema.

We're committed to sourcing all our coffee beans responsibly, so that you can be assured that every cup of NESCAFÉ coffee is a quality product produced with respect to society and the environment.

Find out more about the responsible farming initiatives of NESCAFÉ.


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