Sweet Maria's has never intended to be "Robusta Central," but we do believe that each cultivar of coffee needs to be judged on its own merit. The Robusta coffees we offer have attained the highest level possible in cup score given the limitations of the species. A good robusta has different cup characteristics from a good arabica because of the difference in the plant material. Aside from picking and processing defects, robustas have higher caffeine, higher levels of chlorogenic acids, and often a lack of balance between types of acids and a lack of sweetness. This leaves the cup harsh, bittering, and often salty in nature. A good robusta will offset these detriments in the cup with a taste of positive acidity and perceived sweetness.
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