Arabica coffee beans originated from Yemen and Ethiopia. It is the first production of coffee that was cultivated. It has been growing in southwest Arabia for many hundreds of years. Arabica coffee beans are considered the highest quality in the world, better than any other coffee bean produced anywhere.
Arabica Coffee Today
Europe was a civilized society back in the seventeenth century, which also helped the rise of Arabica coffee beans. The fact that the coffee come from Moslem countries made Rome a little upset that it became so popular.
So Pope Clement VIII, unhappy at the Moslem religion’s sudden surge of popularity, wanted to make coffee into a drink for Christians. He tried a pot of coffee, and despite the opposition of his advisors of the day, he gave his approval to the Arabica coffee.
The Revolution and the Arabica
Coffee houses in America started when a little known Dorothy Jones was first licensed to sell Arabica Coffee to the colonies. It was in a coffeehouse that the declaration of independence was first read.
The Boston Tea Party was held in a coffeehouse, and that’s where revolutionaries met. Even the first continental congress happened in a coffee house.
After all those historical events America began their love affair with coffee. Throughout the centuries coffee has held its own in America. It was popular with soldiers in war times and when their supplies were low, they would mix it with chicory to make it last longer.
Arabica Coffee Beans Today
Arabica Coffee beans’ journey to Brazil become famous in America. A clever Don Francisco, used a French Governor’s wife stationed in Guiana. He smuggled the beans inside a bouquet his lover gave him as he left the docks of the islands.
Today. Americans are rediscovering the glories of coffee due to the rising popularity of coffee shops. Now coffee is not as simple as it was in the past. The rise of shops like Starbucks, has created a whole new experience around the humble cup of coffee.
Aside from Arabica coffee beans there are the other two other common varieties, the Liberica and the Robusta. It contemporaries is equally good as well, and comes down to a person’s preference and taste.
The Liberica blend
The Liberica came from the low area of Liberia. It is mainly cultivated in South East Asia and Java. Of the different types of coffee beans it has the weakest flavor. It is simply good for blending and it’s not up to export quality.
The Robusta blend
Robusta comes from the jungles of Belgium Congo, it is hardy and produces multiple crops in a year.
It is best made into instant coffee, which gave Robusta its popularity. But unlike the Arabica coffee, Robusta does not have the aroma and flavor of richness but is liked by some who prefer a more subtle flavor.