robusta

noun, often attributive
ro·​bus·​ta | \ rō-ˈbə-stə How to pronounce robusta (audio) \

Definition of robusta

1 : a hardy shrub or tree (Coffea canephora) that is indigenous to central Africa but has been introduced elsewhere (as in Java) and yields seeds that form a usually lower quality coffee of commerce than that of arabica
2 : the seeds of robusta especially roasted and often ground

Examples of robusta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Robusta, the world’s second major coffee contract—which tracks the more highly caffeinated, often lower quality, robusta bean—was also sitting just off 10-year highs on Wednesday, after hitting its highest point since 2011 on Tuesday. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 4 Feb. 2022 Researchers suggested farmers consider breeding coffee varieties that are better adapted to higher temperatures and drought or consider replacing arabica coffee plants with robusta plants, which are hardier but produce coffee with a harsher taste. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 But the only kind of coffee that farmers like Mr. Sarmu’s family could grow was a variety called robusta. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Jan. 2022 For the dairy adverse, coconut milk makes a refreshing addition to the nuttiness of a robusta brew. An Uong, Bon Appétit, 8 Oct. 2021 Enter robusta, the bitter, heavily caffeinated workhorse that is less expensive and easier to cultivate. New York Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Robusta, the world's second major coffee contract—which tracks the more highly caffeinated, often lower quality, robusta bean—was also sitting just off 10-year highs on Wednesday, after hitting its highest point since 2011 on Tuesday. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2021 Single-origin robusta coffee beans have been inaccessible to the general coffee consumer until now. An Uong, Bon Appétit, 8 Oct. 2021 Futures for robusta coffee, which is often used to make espresso, recently jumped as high as $2,024 per tonne, their highest level in four years. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of robusta

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for robusta

New Latin robusta, specific epithet of Coffea robusta, synonym of Coffea canephora

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“Robusta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/robusta. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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