designating or of one of the two main types of coffee (Coffea canephora) produced commercially, which grows at lower altitudes, mainly in Africa, and is less aromatic than arabica
Origin of robustaModL, former species name from L, fem of robustus, robust
- a. A hardy species of coffee, Coffea canephora, of western Africa, widely cultivated for its commercially valuable seeds, often considered inferior to arabica seeds.b. The beanlike seed of this plant.
- The coffee brewed from the seeds of this plant.
Origin of robustaNew Latin (Coffea) rōbusta former species name of Coffea canēphora from Latin feminine of rōbustus strong ; see robust .
(usually uncountable, plural robustas)
From New Latin Coffea robusta, from Latin robusta, feminine of robustus (“strong").