TheCoffeePeople76 Senior Member Joined: 5 May 2014 Posts: 18 Location: London,UK Expertise: Pro Barista
Posted Thu May 15, 2014, 8:29pm Subject: Where Can I Find Good Robusta
I'm asking this question, it might seem silly but help me out. I know mostly arabica is what captures a coffee lovers core but robusta isnt really good tasting. Usually people use the % by weight rule as a ratio to blend robusta and arabica.
They just want more caffiene (robusta) but less horrible taste using the arabica to override the taste of robusta ,
Adjusting by taste would be a good place to start but then we should go technical
NobbyR Senior Member Joined: 10 Jul 2011 Posts: 2,081 Location: Germany Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Sat May 17, 2014, 1:34am Subject: Re: Where Can I Find Good Robusta
It's misleading to think that robusta coffee tastes bad as a general rule.
It makes a strong, full-bodied coffee with a distinctive earthy flavor, but usually with more bitterness and acidity than arabica. In espresso, a blend containing robusta also produces more crema easily, even when the beans are stale. The problem with robusta is that it's easier and cheaper to cultivate than arabica, because its coffee plant is less fastidious, so that there's a large crop of low quality robusta beans (30% of all coffee produced around the world is rosbusta), which are mostly used as a filler in lower-grade coffee blends. This is why robusta has a bad name.
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oofnik Senior Member Joined: 29 Mar 2006 Posts: 116 Location: Israel Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Sat Jun 7, 2014, 1:21am Subject: Re: Where Can I Find Good Robusta
We use Robusta in three of our six blends at the shop. Two of them are 85/15 and one is 75/25. One of the 85/15 blends is my favorite. I'm pretty sure it's an Indian, perhaps Kaapi Royale, but don't quote me.
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