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robusta coffee

[roh-buhs-tuh] /roʊˈbʌs tə/
a coffee tree, Coffea canephora, native to western tropical Africa and cultivated in warm regions of the Old World.
the seed of this plant.
the coffee made from the seeds.
Also called robusta.
Compare arabica coffee.
Origin of robusta coffee
1905-10; robusta < Latin rōbusta, feminine of rōbustus robust Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Liberica and robusta type trees require more room than arabica.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • All of these are similar to robusta, and are exported as robusta-achtigen (robusta-like).

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • robusta coffee has also been successfully interplanted with coconuts.

  • The robusta and Maragogipe have been tried, but without much success.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The leaves of robusta are much thinner than those of liberica, though not as thin as those of arabica.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The robusta variety has also been introduced, but does not seem to do as well as the liberica.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • This would tend to show the possibilities of robusta as a stock.

  • We will mention as examples the Brachycola robusta and the species of Corydia.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • Coffee does best in shade such as is afforded by the silk oak (Grevillea robusta).

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • In Java, where robusta coffee is more extensively planted than anywhere else, permanent shade is considered advisable.

British Dictionary definitions for robusta


a species of coffee tree, Coffea canephora
coffee or coffee beans obtained from this plant
Word Origin
from Latin rōbustus strong
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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