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INDIA CHERRY ROBUSTA, KARNATACA, INDIA – LIGHT ROAST
A few months back we sent out a sample of the India Cherry Robusta bean. We like to encourage coffee drinking without cream or sugar, but for this coffee, aka Truck Driver Special, we will look the other way if a little cream or sugar is required per your taste.
This bean boasts a good bitter caffeine punch at 2 to 3 percent more than the Arabica bean’s 1.5 percent caffeine. The Robusta bean is very hearty and resilient to weather, bugs, and diseases. Its increased caffeine levels plus reduced lipid and sugar content, as compared to the Arabica bean, make the Robusta often taste like burnt licorice to blackstrap molasses. This bean is all percussion and no melody—woody, earthy, green bitter walnuts with a hint of molasses. It is best mixed with other beans to smooth out the taste—the proportion depends on the caffeine hit desired.