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 Arabica and robusta beans are popular among coffee enthusiasts, according to Bittman. NBC News, "How to make a better cup of coffee, according to Mark Bittman," 10 Nov. 2019 The beans used here are imported directly from Vietnam and are a mixture of robusta and arabica beans. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "Vietnamese Egg Coffee Is Taking North America by Storm–but What Is It?," 3 Aug. 2019 The tuber’s sweetness plays well with nutty robusta beans, while its striking pigment adds a beautiful violet layer. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Vietnamese Coffee: So Hot Right Now," 20 June 2019 The bulk of beans coming out of Vietnam are of the robusta species. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Vietnamese Coffee: So Hot Right Now," 20 June 2019 Guatemala and Nicaragua are expanding their robusta plantations. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Why Does Your Coffee Taste Like Tires? A Battle Brews Between Beans," 16 Dec. 2018 The 4Stox’s warehouses held 32 lots, or 320 metric tons, of low-grade robusta coffee. David Hodari, WSJ, "Exchange Shuts Louis Dreyfus Coffee Trading Warehouses," 22 Nov. 2018 Death Wish coffee Unlike most blends brewed from Arabica beans, Death Wish uses robusta beans that contain 200 percent more caffeine --and is billed as the world's strongest cup of coffee available commercially. Fox News, "8 of the most caffeinated coffee drinks," 23 Feb. 2016 As an added benefit, farmers tend to use less pesticides when growing the resistant robusta. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Coffee Growing Can Be Good For Birds No Matter What Bean You Choose," 21 Feb. 2018

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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