Definition of robusta in US English:



  • 1Coffee or coffee beans from a widely grown kind of coffee plant. Beans of this variety are often used in the manufacture of instant coffee.

    • ‘Arabica has historically been prized for its mild, rich taste, whereas robusta tends to be much harsher.’
    • ‘Most of this coffee is not the higher grade arabica bean sold to connoisseurs, but the lower-grade robusta that ends up in instant coffee or in cheap blends sold in supermarkets.’
    • ‘There are two general types of coffee beans, arabica and robusta, which yield two very different beans.’
  • 2The tropical West African bush of the bedstraw family that produces these beans.

    Coffea canephora formerly 'robusta', family Rubiaceae

    • ‘Only two Coffea species are widely cultivated: Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora, known in the trade as robusta.’
    • ‘Other species are C. robusta, now reclassified as C. canephora, and a couple of minor ones suited to the climate of W. Africa.’


Early 20th century: modern Latin, feminine of Latin robustus ‘robust’.