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Procurement of Basic Ingredients

Insistence on Bean Quality

Giving customers the products they demand with long-cultivated expertise

Although, strictly speaking, coffee trees can be classified into over 40 different varieties, those that are currently cultivated are largely classified into three types: Arabica varieties, Robusta varieties (Canephora varieties), and Liberica varieties.

The Arabica varieties account for roughly 70% of all the coffee produced in the world. Although delicate and difficult to handle, they are known for producing a rich flavor and acidity that are not found in other varieties. Roasting tempers the acidity and brings out the coffee’s aroma as well as bitterness and sweetness. Arabica varieties are also known for having a mild caffeine effect.

The Robusta varieties follow the Arabica varieties as the second most widely produced classification. They account for about 30% of world production. They are often used as a basic ingredient of blended coffees, instant coffees, and canned coffees.

The Liberica varieties account for only a small portion of coffee production and are known for their strong bitterness.

Unicafé knows well the characteristics of each production area in which the two major classifications—Arabica and Robusta—are grown. We skillfully combine those characteristics and make full use of sophisticated production technologies to create coffee products that precisely meet our customers’ demands in all aspects, from flavor and aroma to quality, price, and packaging.

Coffee is an important industry that supports 25 million producers in over 60 countries of the world. The region centered on the equator and bordered by the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn is where the coffee-producing countries are concentrated, and for this reason it is called the “Bean Belt.” Unicafé primarily imports, processes, and markets beans from 26 countries located in this belt.