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Our Best Arabica Coffee Beans

The Arabica coffee plant is thought to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, dating as far back as 12th century Yemen, and it remains the most commonly used coffee bean variety, leading the way ahead of the Robusta bean in second place.

Produced in dozens of countries between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer, Arabica, or coffea arabica, now represents around 60% of global production. Usually grown at elevations of around 1,300-1,500m and predominantly in subtropical climates such as in Brazil, Colombia and Central America, Arabica coffee beans offer a wonderful diversity of flavours, complex characteristics and beautiful aromas, with coffees that are fruity and earthy, nutty or woody, sweet, chocolatey or smoky.

Our wide selection of excellent, quality Arabica coffee beans are all freshly roasted to order, ensuring that you can experience the most intense flavours and freshest aromas of these truly remarkable beans.

Our Popular Arabica Bean Coffees

Monsoon Malabar – From £12.99
One of India’s most sought-after coffees, Monsoon Malabar is a heavy-bodied brew that makes a wonderfully mellow and smooth cup of coffee, with deep, rich flavours and aromas. The roast is often described as bold, earthy and sweet, having tobacco and wood notes, as well as intense aromas of dark chocolate and nuts.

Malabar, located in a mountainous region of southern India, provides ideal coffee-growing conditions, with coffee plants grown at high altitudes, surrounded by lush vegetation and nutrient-rich humus soil. Once picked, a bean from this region undergoes a unique ‘monsooning’ process to bring out its flavours.

Kenya Blue Mountain – From £14.99
Our Kenya Blue Mountain is grown from seeds originally from Jamaica, which produce a coffee that has the natural sweetness of a Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, with the rich aromatic flavours and intensity that is typical of Kenyan coffee.

Kenya's acidic soils provide excellent conditions for the growth of quality coffee, especially the renowned Arabica bean, which is known to take on fantastic cocoa notes in Kenyan coffees. Full bodied, with a good acidity, hints of nut and citrus and a lovely caramel aftertaste, our Kenya Blue Mountain is perfect in strong filter coffees or from the cafetiere.

Arabica Supremo – From £18.99
An extraordinary, complex blend of 100% Arabica beans, sourced from five different coffee-growing locations across the world. Deep, rich and smooth, with an exotic, spicy aroma, the recipe for this ingenious mix of high quality, expertly roasted beans is a well-kept secret, but once tried, you’ll be left in no doubt as to how amazing it tastes!

Swiss Water Decaffeinated – From £15.99
This medium roast Arabica from Brazil is 99.9% caffeine-free and 100% chemical-free; it is decaffeinated using the Swiss Water method, an environmentally friendly process that is 100% natural and involves no added chemicals such as ethyl acetate.

Perfect for when you are in the mood for a delicious coffee, but you don’t want the buzz of a caffeine hit, our Swiss Water Decaffeinated coffee is rich and full-bodied, with low acidity and minimal bitterness.

Blue Sumatra – From £13.99
This strong Indonesian coffee comes from Sumatra, the second largest of the Indonesian islands, and is considered among the finest examples from the region. Smooth and aromatic, with a well-balanced spiciness that is typical of Sumatran coffees, our Blue Sumatra coffee reveals a full body and a little acidity for a delightful hint of intensity, making this a pleasure to drink from a cafetiere, filter or as an espresso.

Types of Arabica Coffee

Typica – Considered to be the original variety from which all other varieties have mutated, which first spread around the world for commercial production by the Dutch. The fruit is usually red and produces an excellent cup of coffee.

Bourbon – a natural mutation of the Typica variety, which occurred on the island of Réunion (known as Bourbon at the time). The fruit comes in various colours, red, yellow and occasionally orange, and many believe that it has a distinctive sweetness, making it highly prized.

Maragogype – another mutation of Typica that was first discovered in Brazil. This variety is highly desired due to the unusually large size of the beans, causing this coffee to often be referred to as “Elephant” beans. Check out our own Dark Maragogype here.

Mundo Novo – a natural hybrid of Typica and Bourbon varieties, named after the place in Brazil where it was discovered in the 1940s. Mundo Novo grows at altitudes of around 1,000-1,200m and is known for its high yield and strength.

Caturra – a mutation of Bourbon, discovered in Brazil in 1937 and particularly popular in Colombia and Central America.