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When it comes to 100 percent Arabica coffee, one might initially think that the selection is not that great. In fact, the opposite is true. Due to the continued popularity of Arabica coffee, the range is almost overwhelming. In order to find the Arabica coffee that perfectly meets your personal expectations, several factors should be taken into account: from the country of origin to the price, to the roast and the aroma. In the new Arabica Coffee Test 2021, we present the highest quality coffee beans made from 100 percent Arabica: from classic Brazilian coffee to extraordinary blends from Asia.

Arabica Coffee Beans: Why Are They So Popular?

Due to the higher price of the Arabica beans many coffee lovers are convinced that the Robusta coffee beans are of lesser quality. However, the different prices can easily be explained. Arabica plants desire special growing conditions and require significantly more care in management than Robusta. In order for the Arabica coffee plant to grow well, it needs one high humidity and comfortable temperatures. If the temperatures drop below 17 degrees Celsius or are above 24 degrees Celsius, the harvest will be significantly reduced. In contrast, the Robusta plant feels most comfortable when the temperature is between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius.

Both Arabica and Robusta prefer the warmth. Frosty weather can damage the coffee plants so much that they will no longer produce a harvest for the next two years. The logical consequence: if you want to harvest the finest Arabica beans, the coffee farmers have to keep an eye on the measuring equipment and ensure that the conditions for the coffee plants are comfortable. Furthermore, the coffee cherries do not all ripen at the same time - they have to be harvested by hand depending on the ripening phase, which makes the harvesting process very time-consuming.

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Regarding the aroma, it can be said that Arabica beans usually contain more coffee oils and more aromatic and milder in taste are called Robusta. In addition, the Arabica offers a greater variety of flavors: from chocolate and caramel to floral notes and marzipan. These finest nuances can primarily be tasted in good Arabica varieties, while the Robusta, on the other hand, shows a less broad spectrum.

Another important one Difference Between Arabica and Robusta is the caffeine content. If you prefer a milder variant here, Arabicas are likely to suit your preferences more than Robusta varieties, because Arabica beans contain only about half as much caffeine.

The “purest” coffees: Single Origin Arabica

Single Origin 100 percent Arabica beans - the coffee for purists who are looking for the purest aroma experience. Here you can see which single origin coffees we like best at the moment and are therefore among the favorites of the Arabica coffee test:

Murnauer Nossa Senhora Brazil Organic
Aroma: fine notes of dark chocolate and roasted nuts
Crema: slightly lighter crema
Particularities: handpicked coffee beans
Price: from 7.45 € (28.80 € / kg)
Our recommendation: This coffee offers the golden mean: not too strong and not too mild in taste.
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Andraschko Brasil Fazenda Santa Alina
Origin: Mogiana region in Brazil
Aroma: Notes of dried fruit accompanied by a hint of apricot
Particularities: The beans are grown at an altitude of 1150-1400 meters in the Mogiana region of Brazil, where the location is ideal for making specialty coffee.
Our recommendation: A particularly intense taste that is carried right into the cup. Joaquim da Silva Dias has been running the family business since 2001 and produces an outstanding 100% Bourbon espresso. The single origin coffee can also be ideally prepared as a cappuccino in the espresso maker or portafilter.
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Speicherstadt Kenya AB Kiambu
Aroma: With notes of cranberry, red currant and gooseberry
Particularities: Direct import, wonderful ratio of flavor and sweetness
Price: from 8.50 € (34.00 € / kg)
Our recommendation: A unique coffee rarity from the Kenyan highlands.
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From all over the world: Arabica coffee blends

The blends of different Arabica beans from different regions provide coffee connoisseurs with a variety of aromatic compositions. Put together by experienced roasters, the combination of different arabica produces very fine blends that are remembered. Discover our highlights among the Arabica coffee blends from our Arabica coffee test!

Caffè Caimano Caffè Crema
Aroma: Flavors of dried fruit
Particularities: Roasted using the gentle drum roasting process
Price: from € 5.75 (€ 32 / KG)
Our recommendation: It is ideal for preparing a full-bodied, harmonious coffee. Thanks to the gentle drum roasting, floral flavors of dried fruits can be tasted. With its light, round body and mild acidity, this coffee tastes especially good for lovers of fine aromas.
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Hannoversche Kaffeemanufaktur Melange Hanovera
Origin: Africa and Central America
Aroma: spicy aroma with fruity notes
Particularities: tastes particularly good as black coffee
Price: from 6.30 € (21.90 € / kg)
Our recommendation: The coffee impresses with its velvety body and mild, yet strong taste.
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Beans: Elbgold mixed gold
Origin: Elbgold mixed gold
Aroma: Nuances of walnut, chocolate and peach
Particularities: Seasonal harvest from direct trade
Price: from 6.90 € (24.90 € / kg)
Our recommendation: The Elbgold mixed gold is perfect for all Arabica fans and is ideal for every type of preparation.
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Arabica beans for the espresso

If you can't survive a day without the small espresso, you must definitely try our following coffees. The espressi made from 100 percent Arabica coffee beans mean irresistible enjoyment for real coffee fans: On the one hand, espressos in particular offer intense enjoyment, on the other hand the variety of aromas of these 100 percent arabica is impressive.

Origin: South America, Asia and Africa
Aroma: Notes of brown sugar
Particularities: Roasted using the typical Italian method
Price: from 7.70 € (30.80 € / kg)
Our recommendation: The coffee for the real espresso connoisseur: Lucaffés Mr. Exclusive impresses with a strong, irresistible aroma.
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Wittmann Coffee Monsooned Malabar
Beans: 100% Arabica beans of the varieties Catimor, Kent, SLN 795, SLN 9
Aroma: Aromas of dark chocolate and hazelnut
Crema: intense, creamy crema
Particularities: The unique aromas unfold through the Indian monsoon rains
Price: from 7.45 € (28.90 € / KG)
Our recommendation: A particularly delicious filter coffee that offers a tasty harmony of aromas of dark chocolate, fruity notes of dried fruit and a matching nutty finish. With a medium roast, intensity and light acidity, the coffee house blend from Wittmann Kaffee is ideal for a wide range of enjoyment!
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Caffè Baresi Espresso Vivo
Beans: 70% arabica, 30% robusta
Origin: Brazil, India and Colombia
Aroma: dark chocolate with a fine sweetness of dried fruits and berries
Particularities: Gently, slowly and evenly refined using the drum roasting process
Price: from 8.35 € (33.40 € / KG)
Our recommendation: The aroma profile is particularly intense and extraordinary thanks to the distinctive notes of dark chocolate. It has a very mild acidic note paired with a voluminous and powerful body, which it receives thanks to its dark roast.
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Good Arabica coffee beans: how do you recognize them?

In order to identify good Arabica coffee beans, we consider five essential criteria: the price-performance ratio, the acidity, the roast, the aroma and the crema.

1. The price-performance ratio?

Premium products start from 10 euros per 1 kg, usually costs 1 kg of coffee between 20 and 35 euros. You should pay attention to whether it is a single origin coffee or a blend. Single origin coffee has a rather exclusive character because it only contains the coffee beans from one harvest. That's why the price is a little higher than that of the coffee blends.Fair trade and direct trade seals also have a higher price because this supports local dealers.

2. The acid

Another important criterion when choosing the best coffee beans is acidity. While some coffee lovers are explicitly looking for varieties with particularly low acidity, others prefer the more fruity ones. What not everyone knows is that Arabica coffee beans usually contain more acid than Robusta coffee beans - especially when it comes to highland Arabica. In addition to the bean itself, what has a significant effect on the later acidity is the roasting.

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3. The roast

Premium coffees are clearly characterized by the roasting process. Quite different from most industrial products. In general, the following rule applies here: The darker the roast, the stronger the coffee taste. However, this alone should not be used exclusively for orientation - for a general orientation, however, the degree of roasting can certainly be taken into account. In addition, roasting has a significant effect on the acidity of the coffee.

In case you're more likely to lighter roasts tend, you should probably appreciate a certain acidic note, while this tends to decrease with increasing roast level. The degree of roasting alone is not decisive, but rather the type and manner of the process.As the roasting time increases at milder temperatures, acid notes are reduced more than is the case with industrial processes, where significantly higher temperatures and shorter periods of time are used. The hot and fast industrial roasting also practically burns the outside of the coffee bean, while the inside of the bean is roasted little and not evenly. For this reason, we always advise you to use gently roasted beans.

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4. The aroma

Really good arabica are rich in flavors and offer various flavors. In essence, all Arabica coffees tend to taste rather fruity, but the respective nuances differ, not least due to the growing areas. Arabica beans from Costa Rica, for example, often have a fulminant, distinctive aroma, while Mexican roasts often taste a little finer and more velvety. Should you choose one Single Origin Arabica Coffee decide then enjoy one Aroma in its full, pure strength. The mixtures of Arabica from different regions still offer a variety of sometimes very different tastes, which can complement each other perfectly. Everyone should decide for themselves what is more important to them: a more dominant aroma or different nuances in unusual combinations.

5. The crema

The perfect Crema should neither be too light nor too dark, but rather have a hazel-brown shade. In principle, however, in terms of crema it can be stated that the much scolded Robustas often outperform their Arabica counterparts, as Robustas usually produce a more stable, longer-lasting crema due to their lower oil content. Nonetheless, of course, these fundamental tendencies say nothing about the individual Roasting and we were anything but disappointed, especially with our test winners.

Conclusion

If you are still not quite sure which Arabica beans to try first, here are a few final tips from our Arabica coffee review that can help you choose the best coffee beans.

  • First of all, ask yourself which coffee appealed to you. Were you of the unusual Aroma combination Fascinated in the warehouse district of Kenya AB Kiambu? Cranberry, red currant and gooseberry in coffee - that definitely sounds promising. Or maybe you have been won over by the notes of peaches, then Elbgold mixed gold could arouse your interest.
  • When the roast is loud Manufacturer recommendation best for preparation with the Hand filter is suitable, then you can use it as a guide. The roasters pass on information based on their personal experience.
  • Keep the coffee beans in a dry and cool place in a sealed container. Also note the period in which you should consume the coffee: After opening the packaging, it is advisable to remove the beans within six weeks to consume, as they still retain a large part of their aroma during this period. In the case of powder that has already been ground, the pronounced aromas are retained less long.

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