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Coffea arabica -- C. arabica

Varieties: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Tico, San Ramon, Jamaican

Blue Mountain
Coffea arabica is descended from the original coffee trees discovered in Ethiopia.

These trees produce a fine, mild, aromatic coffee and represent approximately 70 percent of the world's coffee production.

On the world market, arabica coffees bring the highest prices.

The better arabicas are high grown coffees -- generally grown between 2,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level -- though optimal altitude varies with proximity to the equator.

The important factor is that temperatures must remain mild, neither too hot nor too cold, ideally between 59 - 75 degrees, with about 60 inches of rainfall a year.

The trees are hearty but a heavy frost will kill them. Arabica trees are costly to cultivate because the terrain tends to be steep and access difficult. Also, because the trees are more disease prone than robusta, they require additional care and attention.

Arabica trees are self pollinating. The beans are flatter and more elongated than robusta and lower in caffeine.


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