Real coffee is enjoyment. You have to take some time for that. No matter how busy it is or wherever you are. Pure coffee, freshly ground and at the right temperature. You don't have to go to an Italian terrace for it. Because it can actually be done anywhere, at home, at the office or in the cafeteria. With the OptiBean from Animo you can make real espresso and many variants in no time.

The OptiBean can hold delicious coffee beans, but did you know that there are different types of coffee beans?

In this blog we tell you everything about the types and differences between the beans!


The first type of bean we take a closer look at is the Arabica bean! This coffee bean has a sweet and soft taste because this bean contains an aroma of sugar and fruit. The Arabica beans grow in regions around the equator such as Central and South America. There they grow at a minimum of 600 meters, but the bean grows best at an altitude of 1500 meters! Because this bean grows high, it does not have to protect itself against parasites or diseases, so this bean contains much less caffeine than other beans, no less than 50% less!

The Arabica coffee plant is the most widely grown worldwide. This ensures that no less than 70% of the worldwide coffee harvest consists of Arabica beans and this is also the most sold coffee bean. The coffee bean is very popular with consumers, who experience it as a delicious coffee with a refined taste, because the coffee is delicious to drink!


For the coffee lover who likes to drink a strong cup of freshly ground coffee, there is the Robustaboon! This bean has a strong and bitter taste because it contains a lot of caffeine! The Robusta plants grow around the equator such as Southeast Asia. Because this plant grows low (up to 600 meters), they are much more resistant to drought and heat. The Robusta plant accounts for about 30% of world production.

The Robusta plant is becoming increasingly popular because it is less likely to get sick and because of this, this bean contains more caffeine, which also gives more taste. Robusta beans are mainly used to make a nice cup of coffee or in different coffee blends, this provides more spice! A combination of Arabica and Robusta is also common!


In addition to the well-known Arabica and Robusta, there is also the Liberica bean! This bean is a lesser known coffee plant species. The Liberica plant is native to Uganda and Liberia. This strain accounts for only about 1% of world production. The plant grows in low areas and prefers warm forests, which means that this plant is also better protected against diseases. This bean is mainly used for local consumption and not for export, due to variable quality and a high percentage of caffeine. The plant is almost twice the size of the Arabica, it can grow up to 18 meters high!


For the coffee drinker who wants a little less caffeine, there is the decaffeinated bean! This bean contains much less caffeine than the other beans, decaf coffee should not contain more than 1 mg caffeine per gram of dry coffee. Arabica beans are used to make decaf coffee, but to make decaf the caffeine has to be removed. This process can be done, among other things, by placing the beans in water, this makes them swell. Under the influence of a low temperature and a high pressure, the caffeine is removed with the help of carbon dioxide. After this, the beans are dried and roasted and you have decaf beans!

Choose your coffee bean!

Which bean should you choose now? The Arabica, Robusta, Liberica or Decaf! This is entirely up to your taste and desire. If you like a soft coffee taste, choose the Arabica. Do you prefer a strong cup of coffee? Then you better go for the Robustaboon. A combination of these two is of course also possible! The Liberica is not used for export and is therefore hardly for sale. Do you want a nice cup of coffee, but with as little caffeine as possible? Then try the decaf beans!

The caviar among coffees!

Have you ever heard of the Kopi Luwak coffee bean? This is the most expensive coffee in the world! It is a type of coffee made from Arabica or Robusta. These beans are grown on plantations. Berries with seeds come from a coffee plant, these are the coffee beans! The Luwak cat roams around the plantations in Indonesia, this cat loves the pulp of the coffee berries and eats these berries as soon as it is ripe. When the cat's stools come out, the coffee beans come out flavoured, the locals collect these coffee beans and let them dry for four to seven days. After drying, the beans are washed and lightly roasted, from which the Kopi Luwak coffee bean is created!

Do you also feel like a nice cup of freshly ground coffee? Then take a look at our OptiBean, OptiMe and OptiFresh Bean coffee machines! These machines make your cup of freshly ground bean coffee!

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