Cote d'Ivoire Coffee Beans

Region: West Africa
Profile: Earthy, bitter
Production: 238 million lbs (1.2% global production)
Global Rank: 14
Varieties: 0% Arabica, 100% Robusta, 0% Liberica
Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire Coffee Overview

For a small country, Cote d’Ivoire is a relatively robust coffee producer. And they aim to be even larger. But Cote d’Ivoire lacks the geography required to produce high-quality Arabicas as most of the country sits at 2,500 feet or lower, much of it just above sea level. This means they’re restricted to growing Robusta, which is prized more for its hardiness and high caffeine content than its flavor.

However, Cote d’Ivoire also grows an Arabica-Robusta hybrid called Arabusta (clever, huh?). It’s an Arabica bean with some of the genetic properties of robusta that make it hardier in low-elevation climates. Unfortunately, Arabusta plants grow slowly, though they have a longer lifespan and taste better than Robusta, and fetch up to four times the price of Robusta beans at local grocery stores.

Cote d'Ivoire Coffee Beans: Detailed Review

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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!