NobbyR Senior Member Joined: 10 Jul 2011 Posts: 2,068 Location: Germany Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Thu Sep 5, 2013, 10:09pm Subject: Re: Where to buy ground coffee with Robusta in UK?
You state your expertise as being "I live coffee", so why on earth would you want stale pre-ground coffee?!?
I don't know if all of these brands are available in your area, but they're all sold pre-ground as well as whole beans and contain varying parts of Robusta (up to 70%). They are listed in no specific order.
Lucaffè Classico (10%)
Tre Forze! (5%)
Nannini Classica (45%)
Nannini Etrusca (45%)
Izzo Espresso Napoletano Silver (8%)
Kimbo Espresso Export (30%)
La Brasiliana Espresso Special Oro Blue (10%)
Passalacqua Espresso Alambra (70%)
Passalacqua Espresso Mehari (50%)
Passalacqua Espresso Cremador (30%)
Barbera Classica (40%)
Mami's Caffè Gran Crema (10%)
Mami's Caffè Espresso Crema (20%)
Mocambo Brasilia Crema e Aroma Espresso (40%)
Lavazza Crema e Gusto (70%)
Lavazza Qualita Rossa (30%)
Barbera Classica (40%)
If you can't find any of those at a local supermarket, you might try to buy online. However, I cannot really recommend any of those, at least nor pre-ground. Usually, they won't be very fresh either.
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Lavazza Qualita Rossa certainly is, and I think the Crema e Gusto has even more robusta. Both will be in almost every supermarket (OK, not Aldi ;o))
Segafredo Casa does, although may not be so widely available, Suspect most of the Italian brand brickpacks will have some robusta unless they proudly announce otherwise. You'll find most of them everywhere. It's a case of looking at the small print.
DavecUK Senior Member Joined: 21 Sep 2005 Posts: 1,467 Location: UK Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Sep 6, 2013, 9:35am Subject: Re: Where to buy ground coffee with Robusta in UK?
Robusta is just a very cheap filler coffee. It doesn't have a huge amount of taste, just of ...well mild coffee. It can be a decent crema producer though, so it can make a selection of cheap arabicas look good. By all means try it, but I don't know why you would want it in your coffee. I have roasted 100% robusta before for a coffee event and gave everyone a cup, their response was mild, inoffensive, not much taste, coffee.... nothing remarkable. Like I said, it's not undrinkable...but why would you want it.
My demonstration was for people who hated Robusta, thought it tasted really strong/bad whatever.....it was for me to show them that it was just low grade not very flavourful "filler coffee". Differences in Caffeine levels is marginal at best between arabica and robusta.
Anthorn Senior Member Joined: 5 Sep 2011 Posts: 21 Location: Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 5:56pm Subject: Re: Where to buy ground coffee with Robusta in UK?
There is more caffeine in Robusta beans but the blend doesn't have to be bitter or used as a cheap filler.
Lavazza Qualita Rossa is my favourite for my moka pot and the one I mostly drink. It's a pretty much typical Italian blend of Arabica and Robusta which is surprisingly smooth and not at all bitter when brewed right. The drawback is that as far as I know the beans are only available in 1KG packs. Cheapest is from Amazon UK but also sold in Tesco. It's available ground in 250g packs almost everywhere including Co-op and Tesco.
My other favourite is "New Cafe Blend" from pumphreys-coffee.co.uk This is a little bitter and a lighter roast than the Lavazza and works best in filter machines and drip. Linger on the Pumphrey's site. Their coffee is expensive with a typical price of £6.00p for 250g but they are specialist roasters so we should expect to pay more. You can choose from whole beans or different grinds.
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