The coronavirus pandemic has coffee drinkers turning elsewhere from the normal go-to’s.
With workers being shuffled out of the office and bunkered inside homes, the coffee bean market has noticed changes in consumer behavior, The Wall Street Journal reported. Citing market reports, the movement of two specific beans — arabica and robusta — shows how the coffee field has changed for consumers in the West.
Robusta has a neutral to harsh taste range and is often likened to having an “oatmeal-like” taste. When unroasted, the smell of Robusta beans is described as raw-peanutty.
Arabicas, on the other hand, have a very wide taste range (depending on its varietal). The range differs from sweet-soft to sharp-tangy. When unroasted, Arabica beans smell like blueberries. Their roasted smell is described as perfumey with notes of fruit and sugar tones.