from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A species of coffee, Coffea arabica, originating in Ethiopia and widely cultivated for its high-quality, commercially valuable seeds.
- n. The beanlike seed of this plant.
- n. The coffee brewed from the seed of this plant.
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- n. a species of coffee plant, Coffea arabica, from Ethiopia
- n. the bean of this plant
- n. coffee made from these coffee beans
T. Claudius Swifford sipped arabica from the back of his vintage, metal-colored, chauffeur-driven Triton Mercedes as it swooped to meet the maglev.
CoffeeBerry is made from the coffee plant Coffea arabica, which is grown in tropical regions and harvested when sub-ripe, and is a super antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals.
But the near-record prices fetched by mild washed arabica beans, prized by coffee drinkers for the rich flavors they produce, may not be enough to persuade farmers to expand production.
On Tuesday, the arabica contract for May delivery on ICE was down 1.3% at $2.7355 a pound.
Coffee traders in Chicago said the truckers' strike helped send the benchmark arabica contract to a fresh 13 ½ -year intraday high Tuesday in InterContinental Exchange trading.
Colombia is the world's largest producer of mild washed arabica coffee, and the strike is seen exacerbating worries about tightening global supplies.
Mexico is the second-largest producer of washed, arabica coffee beans, the kind that are sought by roasters such as Starbucks Corp. Colombia is the largest producer but has suffered from multiple poor harvests, which slashed global supplies and sent prices surging to almost 14-year highs.
Concerns about fewer exports from the major arabica producers supported futures prices Wednesday.
World output of arabica coffee will shrink 4.3% to 79.6 million bags in the current crop year, which began in October, according to the London-based International Coffee Organization.
The fungus has ruined what was supposed to be a good year for Colombia, the world's second-largest producer of high-quality arabica coffee, the mild-flavored, hand-picked beans for which coffee traders usually pay a premium.
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