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The most famous Arabica Coffee varieties

The most famous Arabica coffee varieties (Source: world coffee research organization) Bourbon Bourbon was created on the Island of Bourbon,in the Indian Ocean off the East Coast of Africa,  in the 18th century. It is the other of the two main varieties of Arabica along with Typica.  The variety arrived into Brazil late 19th century and quickly spread around South and Middle America. Bourbon isn’t an extremely productive variety but produces an excellent cup of coffee. Multiple variations have been developed...

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Varieties of Coffee

One may think the only varieties of coffee around the world are just Arabica and Robusta, but certainly not! However, Coffea Arabica, known as Arabica coffee and Coffea canephora, known as Robusta coffee are the two main species of coffee that are cultivated today. Arabica accounts for 75-80 percent while Robusta accounts for about 20 percent and differs from Arabica coffees in terms of taste. Robusta is more productive and less susceptible to plant diseases such as leaf rust...

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The Origin of Coffee; 2

The Arabic word for coffee, kahwah, is also one of several words for wine. In the process of stripping the cherry husk, the pulp of the bean was fermented to make potent liquor. Some argued that the Qu'ran forbade the use of wine or intoxicating beverages, but other Muslims in favor of coffee argued that it was not an intoxicant but a stimulant. The dispute over coffee came to a head in 1511 in Mecca. The governor of Mecca,...

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The Origin of Coffee; 1

The original home of the coffee plant is Abyssinia, now Ethiopia. Kaffa, the province in the south-western highlands where they first blossomed gave its name to coffee. Although the formal cultivation and use of coffee as a beverage began early in the 9th century, coffee trees grew wild in the forests of Kaffa prior to that. Thus, many people in that region were familiar with the berries and the drink. According to Ethiopia’s ancient history, an Abyssinian goat-herd, Kaldi, who...

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