27 Dec '12, 2pm

Arabica, the finest quality and most widely used species of coffee plant #sipsofilly

The coffee plant is an evergreen shrub , classified under the genus Coffea , and part of the botanical family Rubiaceae . There are several species of Coffea, the finest quality being Arabica , which today represents 59% of the world’s coffee production. Arabica originated in the highlands of Ethiopia . It is sensitive to hot and humid conditions, and grows at altitudes of 1.25-1.55 miles. Arabica grown at higher altitudes is associated with the emergence of higher quality characteristics during roasting. The coffee bean is actually the seed of the coffee plant, found inside a red fruit often called the cherry. Each cherry contains two seeds (beans) surrounded by a membrane called the parchment, and a layer of sweet pulp. Arabica beans are fairly flat and elongated, with a sinuous groove. Genetically Arabica is the only species with 44 chromosomes of Coffea . Chemically, A...

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