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Caffe Bonini Beans – comparison of Milano, Napoli and Roma

Coffee – is there anything more wonderful and more versatile in this world?

Even as I write this I can imagine the familiar rich smell, the soul-warming smoothness as it flows into your body, the immediate calm and clarity and energy it gives you. These special powers that we depend upon are what keep us coming back.

If your experience with coffee has only extended to buying a cup from your local barista, you may not have realised that there are a number of different beans and blends available. There are a few things similar across the different types of coffee including their special powers, but you may not have realised how varied the taste can be.

The taste can be quite specialised and you may find that you really like one more than others, so you might want to try a few out and find your favourite. While there are over a dozen choices, coffee is generally made up of a combination of two main varieties; Arabica and Robusta.

What is the difference between Arabica and Robusta?

Arabica has a sweeter more subtle taste than Robusta with flavours of fruit, particularly berries. It is more difficult to grow, more susceptible to weather and pests and doesn’t yield crops as often, all of which make it more expensive. It is grown across the world, but most of it comes from South America.

Arabica is often considered to be of higher quality than Robusta, however some Robustas are very high quality indeed.

Robusta has a stronger, deeper and generally harsher flavour, with more hints of grain and nuts in its taste, which is generally the more traditionally recognised coffee flavour. It has double the amount of caffeine when compared to Arabica. This is grown predominantly in Africa and Indonesia.

While most cheaper coffees are made of Robusta, not all Robusta is cheap. The Robusta we use at Caffe Bonini for instance is high quality, perfect for true Italian espresso and results in a wonderful crema.

Here’s some more information about the main coffee varieties available through Caffe Bonini, named of course for the ancient and renowned cities of Italy:

Our Milano beans are a medium roast of 100% Arabica from South and Central America, releasing a soft sweet aroma and flavour. It produces a light and fruity brew which is well loved by modern and fashionable Italian coffee connoisseurs.

The Roma is a medium roast blend of 50% Arabica and 50% Robusta, made to a traditional Southern Italian blend. It is complex, both strong and delicate, well rounded and balanced.

Our Napoli beans are strong, dark and bitter, made of 100% dark roasted Robusta beans. These beans are perfect for a traditional Italian espresso, beautiful and creamy with an energising hit.

How to choose?
Well the wonderful thing with coffee is you certainly don’t have to restrict yourself to just one type. While some enthusiasts are purists and will always stay faithful to one blend once they’ve found it, others will favour something different across the day depending on how they feel and what they need.

Why not try all of our flavours until you are completely satisfied? Visit our homepage and choose from the beans, and compatible capsules and pods at


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