One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘There are two general types of coffee beans, arabica and robusta, which yield two very different beans.’
- ‘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.’
2The tropical West African bush of the bedstraw family that produces these beans.
- ‘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’.
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