There are different varieties of coffee beans and they look almost the same especially when roasted. But when we talk about the kind of coffee beans that we drink, two primary varieties arise, Arabica and Robusta, which are cultivated for drinking.
According to Faith Durand (2008) in thekitchn.com, these are the difference between Arabica and Robusta: “Arabica beans are sweeter, have softer taste, with tones of sugar, fruit, and berries. Their acidity is higher, with winey taste that characterizes coffee with excellent acidity. Robusta, however, has a stronger, harder taste, with grain-like overtone and peanutty aftertaste. They contain twice as much caffeine as Arabica beans, and they are considered to be of inferior quality compared to Arabica. Some Robustas, however, are of high quality and valued especially for their deep flavor and good crema.”
Robusta is easiest to grow, less vulnerable to pest and weather condition, produce fruit quickly, and cheaper than Arabica.
In line with this, Philippines is among the many countries that love and produce good coffee beans especially the above-mentioned varieties.
Calling all Filipino coffee farmers, cooperatives, processors, exporters, and individuals involved in coffee production! The 2nd Philippine Coffee Quality Competition: Arabica and Robusta has been launched and is open for coffee of Philippine origin. The main objective of the competition is to promote Philippine coffee and be recognized as one of the countries in the world that produce the best coffee.
Entries will be accepted by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Offices and Barista and Coffee Academy of Asia (BCAA) starting February 15 until March 5, 2018. The main competition dates are from March 12 to 19, 2018. The first 100 samples received are eligible to join the contest. If you are planning to join, you have to hurry because submission of entries is first come, first served basis.
Philippine Coffee Quality Competition is co-organized by Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA) with funding by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and technical supervision by Coffee Quality Institute (CQI).
For more details and inquiries, visit Philippine Coffee Quality Competition on Facebook.
Durand, F. (2008). Coffee Basics: The Difference Between Arabica and Robusta. Retrieved from https://www.thekitchn.com/coffee-basics-the-difference-b-41949