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Types of Coffee Beans

Types of Coffee Beans

by: Madhuri M

If you are an ardent coffee drinker, you would’ve wondered, at least once, about just how many different types of coffee beans there are and what makes them so unique. 

To really appreciate your coffee we invite you to learn about the main coffee bean types that are found in the market

So, what’s a coffee bean?

A coffee bean is a seed that is found inside the fruit (called the cherry) of a coffee plant. The cherry is not consumed, instead, the pit is taken out and then roasted, ranging from low to high. 

The most popular types of coffee beans with altogether different taste profiles are as follows:



Botanical Name: Coffea Arabica

Arabica Beans are the most consumed variety of coffee across the world. As the name suggests, Arabica is a gift from the Yemen country of the Arabian peninsula. The oval-shaped and aromatic beans have a blend of sweet and bitter flavours. To be precise, Arabica has a delicate flavour and balanced aroma coupled with a sharp and sweet taste. Its caffeine level is relatively low too, almost half the amount of caffeine compared to Robusta. 

How do they taste?

Raw Arabica beans contain 1.2% caffeine or 12 milligrams per gram. They are a  high-quality variety known for smooth, complex flavour and distinguished lack of bitterness.

The tasting notes of the Arabica beans depend mostly on the places they’re grown in. The four popular varieties of Arabica coffee grown in India are:

  • Kents Coffee
  • S.795 Coffee
  • Cauvery Coffee
  • Sln.9 (Selection 9) Coffee



Botanical Name: Coffea Canephora

Robusta beans have a more intense, strong and bitter flavour. The caffeine level in robusta is twice as much as in Arabica beans. Robusta has a higher yield and accounts for 25% of the world’s demand.

Although most gourmet coffee fans tend to focus on arabica, we recommend trying Robusta. Most Indian coffee farmers grow Robusta coffee.You may be surprised by the unusual earthy and spicy taste. Robusta in particular is known for its ability to improve the coffee cup when blended together with Arabica. The presence of Robusta to a blend gives it strength, greatly builds up it’s body and, in the case of espresso, enhances the "cream", which is one of the main characteristics of an espresso.

The blend of Arabica and Robusta is more popular in India as it gives a balanced cup of coffee - just as needed!


Botanical Name: Coffea Liberica

Liberica is harder to come by in the coffee world these days, but this variety has an important place in the world’s coffee history.

Liberica beans are larger than the others, often crooked, and it’s the only type of coffee bean in the world that has such an unsymmetrical shape. The beans are said to have a unique aroma, consisting of floral and fruity notes, with a full body that possesses a smoky taste; 

How do they taste?

Among the admirers, Liberica coffee has a controversial and polarizing reputation for wild inconsistency. Those who’ve tried this rare variety either love it or hate it. Some coffee drinkers adore the unusual, nutty, woody flavor and sneaky backbite on the finish. Others compare the flavour to burnt debris.

So, what kind of Coffee Bean would BEST suit you?

We tried blind tests of 100% Arabica, 100% Robusta and numerous blends of Arabica-Robusta coffee among Indian coffee drinkers. The results were hands-down in favour of the blended coffee! 

Blended coffee [Arabica+Robusta] has proved to give a more balanced coffee cup on all parameters of coffee cup quality.

That’s why IncredaBrew is made from a trademark blend of high quality 100% Indian origin Arabica coffee beans and Robusta coffee beans. Designed specifically for the Indian coffee consumer, we’re sure you’ll love it!

As a premium freeze-dried instant coffee, IncredaBrew retains the distinct flavour notes of its underlying coffee beans. Moreover, its infused with 11 healthy vitamins that make it the healthiest instant coffee on the market. Choose your favourite flavour of IncredaBrew Balanced Diet Coffee and experience the best of Indian coffee.


1. Types of Coffee Beans in India
2. Indian coffee varieties
3. Main types of coffee beans
4. Caffeine in coffee beans






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