Coffee—hot, cold, gourmet or black—is prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant, and is available in hundreds of different varieties. The two most commercially available are coffea robusta and coffea arabica. The sturdy, disease-resistant coffea robusta, which thrives at lower altitudes, produces beans with a harsher, more single-dimensional flavor than the more sensitive coffea arabica, which grows at high altitudes (3,000 to 6,500 feet) and produces beans with more elegant, ...
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