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robusta coffee

  1. a coffee tree, Coffea canephora, native to western tropical Africa and cultivated in warm regions of the Old World.
  2. the seed of this plant.
  3. the coffee made from the seeds.
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Origin of robusta coffee

1905–10; robusta < Latin rōbusta, feminine of rōbustus robust
Also called ro·bus·ta.
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Examples from the Web for robusta

Historical Examples of robusta

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

    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

  • All of these are similar to robusta, and are exported as robusta-achtigen (robusta-like).

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • The east coast has recently gone in for heavy plantings of robusta.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

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

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for robusta


  1. a species of coffee tree, Coffea canephora
  2. coffee or coffee beans obtained from this plant
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Word Origin for robusta

from Latin rōbustus strong
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