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Arabica vs Robusta Coffee Beans Varieties

arabica robusta coffee beans

Arabica vs Robusta. Robusta taste is more bitter than Arabica due to its high concentrations of caffeine. Arabica contains about 60% more lipids and almost twice the concentration of sugars than Robusta. Green beans of Robusta are about half the price of Arabica beans. Robusta is less sensitive to insects and plagues than Arabica. Robusta yields more caffeine concentrations which acts as a chemical defense against bugs.

Most coffee from Latin America is Arabica variety. Coffee from Latin America is widely consumed in big cities such as New York City.

Coffea canephora, commonly known as robusta coffee, is a species of coffee that has its origins in central and western sub-Saharan Africa. It is a species of flowering plant in the family Rubiaceae.

Coffee arabica, also known as the Arabian coffee, “coffee shrub of Arabia”, “mountain coffee” or “arabica coffee”, is a species of Coffee. It is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, and is the dominant cultivar, representing about 60% of global production.

Arabica vs Robusta is a matter of choice and availability at your location. Let me know which one you prefer in the comments section below. Remember to get your favorite coffee accessories featuring cool coffee mugs, T-Shirts, re-usable tote bags and more.

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My first visit to La Paz in Bolivia

La Paz Bolivia urban life

I met the Bolivian side of my family for the first time in my life when I went to visit La Paz in (2011). Our encounter was very unique. My Bolivian family members and I both spoke in Spanish, but with different accents (I speak with a Dominican accent). It was very funny.

Anyways, below are some pictures from that first trip about 8-9 years ago. If you like them, write a comment below. Also, follow me on social media @cocotucafe for more pictures of my travels to Bolivia and Latin America.

Basilica de San Francisco
Basilica de San Francisco
Working woman in La Paz
Working woman in La Paz

While I was walking in La Paz city center, this lady and her colorful uniform grabbed my attention. She was into something.

Evo narco wall sign
Evo narco wall sign

Many were in favor of Evo, but others clearly did not like him.

Restaurant menu La Paz, Bolivia
Restaurant menu La Paz, Bolivia

Beers, cervezas, chelas were mainly served in the big bottles instead of the regular 8oz we are used to in other countries. Huari is my favorite.

Cocotu at Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia
Cocotu at Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia
Grandmother's picture cemetery in La Paz
Grandmother’s picture cemetery in La Paz

Abuela I never met. Rest in Peace.

Uncle Rolo visiting cemetery La Paz, Bolivia
Uncle Rolo visiting cemetery La Paz, Bolivia

Cool uncle Rolo hung out with me. We walked together everywhere.

"Cholita" street vendor La Paz, Bolivia
“Cholita” street vendor La Paz, Bolivia

These ladies are brave and hard workers. Don’t mess with Cholitas in Bolivia!

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Panama City, Panama Architecture

cocotu panama fandf tower

The architecture in Panama City in Panama is outstanding. I did not know Panama City has so many modern skyscrapers and super modern architecture. I felt the economy in this country was outstanding, even though there are many poor neighborhoods around these fancy buildings (as usual in many countries!).

cocotu panama fandf tower
Cocotu viewing F&F Tower in Panama
Street cat at pier in Panama City
F&F Tower in Panama
Street cat at pier in Panama City
Modern architecture Panama City
Kid taking a break Panama City, Panama
Modern architecture Panama City, Panama
Modern architecture Panama City, Panama
Downtown Panama City traffic
Downtown Panama City traffic
Colonial architecture Panama City, Panama
Colonial architecture Panama City, Panama
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Quillabamba province coffee region in Peru moments

Manual coffee bean sorting

Quillabamba is a province of La Convencion in Cusco. This region includes several coffee farms located from 1300 to 2000 MASL. Coffee farms are located around Quillabamba where I visited on my last trip. These are divided into several districts including Echarati, Quellouno, Vilcabamba, Santa Ana, Santa Teresa, Maranura, Huayopata, Ocobamba and Incahuasi.

Pictures of Daily Life in Quillabamba province

Below are some pictures I took during my last visit to Quillabamba province. Let me know what you think. I will be posting more pictures of my trips to Latin America while coding with coffee.

Taxi tricycle Quillabamba Peru
Taxi tricycle Quillabamba Peru

Most coffee bean sorting is done manually at my friends specialty coffee processing facility Kaffee 3 Granos in Quillabamba. Here I was helping out and sorting some coffee bean on a size 14 sorting shield (saranda in Spanish).

Manual coffee bean sorting
Manual coffee bean sorting
Quillabamba home grown grapes
Quillabamba home grown grapes
Quillabamba Peruvian grapes
Quillabamba Peruvian grapes
Quillabamba Peru Mountains
Quillabamba Peru Mountains
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Quillabamba coffee region in Peru pictures

Quillabamba coffee region in Cusco Peru

Quillabamba is a coffee region about 4 hours away by car from Cusco. Quillabamba is at the ‘ceja de selva’ means at the border of the jungle. I visited some coffee farms over there together with my friend Raul from Kaffee 3 Granos. Raul showed me the entire coffee process from harvesting to producing a great cup of specialty coffee.

See some of the pictures of Quillabamba’s night life to the beautiful landscapes this coffee region has.

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Manually roasting coffee at home in a pot

arabica robusta coffee beans

Manually roasting coffee can be useful when you don’t have a choice and you want to learn the coffee roasting process. You will need a real hot pot on about 360F and keep stirring the beans non-stop until you hear the ‘cracks’. The cracks usually start at about 10-15min depending on the coffee bean profile you’re trying.

Roasting coffee on a pot at home
Roasting coffee on a pot
Roasted coffee beans uneven roasted
Coffee beans roasted on a pot

As you can see the roasting of these beans did not come out even. This can be due to many reasons. The coffee bean size, temperature, how much did you stir the coffee beans, etc. Always pre-heat your cooking pot before you start the coffee roasting process at home.

After the roasting, let the coffee beans rest for about 1 day. Then grind them using your favorite coffee grinder and enjoy while coding with coffee or watching your favorite TV show.

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How to remove coffee pulp from cherries

Quellouno Coffee Farm Cusco Peru

This was a magical experience when I visited this coffee farm in Quillabamba, Cusco in Peru. Watch the videos below where we used a rustic machine made in Peru to remove the coffee pulp from these juicy cherries.

This farm is located a 1800 MASL in Quellouno town which is part of the municipally city of Quillabamaba. Quillabamba is a coffee region in Cusco and its located about 4-5 hours by car away from the main Cusco city. Let me know if you have any questions and/or if you like to get coffee from these farms.

Removing coffee pulp machine
Rustic machine to remove coffee pulp in Peru
Removing coffee pulp and sorting coffee beans
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Panama Coffee Farm at Chiriqui

Panama coffee farm house in Chiriqui

Beautiful coffee farms in Chiriqui, Panama. This farm is located at the border of Costa Rica – Pura vida! Main coffee plant varieties include Caturra, Geisha and Typica.

I will be posting more pictures during this week about coffee farms I have visited in Latin America. If you like you can grab the Panama coffee mug using the following link here. Perfect mug to take to work and code with coffee if you’re a developer.

Contact me if you like to get these pictures framed and sent to your home or business.