The Arabica coffee bean is the Adam or Eve of all coffees which is likely to be the first type of coffee bean ever consumed. Arabica is the dominant bean used today, representing about 70 percent of global production.
Coffee arabica also known as the Arabian coffee, "mountain coffee", or "arabica coffee", is a species of Coffee. Arabica originated in the highlands of Ethiopia.Generally African Arabica coffees when washed are bright & embodies a citrus, berry, winy or floral element.
Ethiopia and Kenya are among the world’s most distinctive & finest coffee origins. Ethiopia's history with coffee goes all the way back to the very beginning, as the very first Arabica coffee plant was found there in the 9th century.
Ethiopia is the geological home of Arabica coffee, the most popular beans globally. From Ethiopian coffee one can sense flavour of jasmine flower, bergamot and blueberry in aftertaste. In general, Ethiopian coffees are heavy and winey or floral and tea like.
Kenya also produces top quality Arabica coffee which is globally recognised for its distinct and exquisite taste. The supportive climatic conditions of the country makes it easy to produce some of the best quality coffee beans in the world.
Kenyan coffee is well-known and liked both in Europe and in USA. Coffee is grown by small farmers on the foothills of Mount Kenya.
A well-prepared espresso borne of exclusively high-quality Arabica is beautifully fragrant, sweet and round, often chocolaty with subtlety of caramel and just a mild hint of bitterness. The rich, creamy layer on top should have a light reddish brown hue with tiger-like stripes.Arabica is considered the shiraz of coffee, it has a mild taste, and to coffee drinkers, it is defined to have a sweetness which is light and airy, just like the mountains it comes from.
Some of the popular African coffee brands are:
- Tanzanian Peaberry Coffee
- Ethiopian Harrar Coffee
- Kenya AA Coffee
- Uganda’s Good African Coffee
- Madagascar Excellence Roasted Coffee
- Cameroon Arabica Coffee