Robusta or Arabica? French press or Italian mocha? How to make the most of these Coffee species Robusta or Arabica? French press or Italian mocha? How to make the most of these Coffee species

Coffee love? Learn to brew your favorite coffee from "bean to cup"!

Coffee is an object of desire for many of us. Strong, light, with milk, whichever is your favorite. read on to learn how different the two most common types of coffee. And how they prepare your favorite one!

To begin with, the two most common coffee beans are robusta and arabica.

Robusta

It is the most widely used grain because of its price and because it is relatively easy to produce in many countries and to harvest as well.

It contains more caffeine than arabica and because of its tannins, it is drier and more bitter in the mouth, with more body and wooden notes.

Arabica

On the other hand, it is more aromatic, with notes of fruit and nuts, in general.  Arabica is cultivated at  900 meters of altitude at the very least.

Remember that caffeine is the plant's natural defense to fight insects. The higher the plantation the fewer insects it will attract, and therefore less caffeine will be produced by the plant

Italian Coffee Makers are amongst the most popular in the world

There are different methods of preparation, from the traditional Moka (or Italian) coffee maker to the more sophisticated automatic espresso machines.

Coffee is ninety percent water, the quality of the water is important. Try using quality filtered water.

The mocha method

Robusta or Arabica? French press or Italian mocha? How to make the most of your coffee

The Moka or Italian coffee maker has a water tank, a funnel and filter, and an upper part that is screwed to the water tank and where the extracted coffee is collected. Its particularity is that coffee is made using steam.

To begin with, it is important to fill with warm water as far as you can see the pressure release valve.

When you put the ground coffee in the funnel, above all do not press it. Compacting the coffee can prevent the water from passing through the filter, and therefore, the coffee "does not go up".

When you put the ground coffee in the funnel, do not press 

As soon as the water starts to rise, lower the heat and then lower the cover of the tank until the water has flowed through the filter and the tank is filled.

Common mistakes to avoid: it is important to close the water tank with the top on the thread, or water will escape from there.  

The French press

Robusta or Arabica? French press or Italian mocha? How to make the most of these Coffee species

One of the simplest way to brew coffee. Ground coffee is added to the preheated jug, and twice as much water is poured in as is poured out very slowly.

Make sure that the coffee is moistened

Make a small pre-infusion first. Then, gently stir with a long-handled spoon and after 30 seconds, pour in the rest of the water and put the plunger in the jug, but (and this is important) do not lower it yet.

Let it rest for about 4 minutes and then slowly and delicately lower the plunger to the bottom. 

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