Indian Cherry Robusta A Grade Coffee
Do you like plenty of caffeine in your coffee? Or maybe you just fancy a real coffee challenge? Then this Indian Cherry Robusta coffee might just be right for you.
First some background…Robusta coffee beans are, literally, a different species. All our other coffees are Arabica coffees. A few examples of the differences: Robusta contains almost twice as much caffeine (2.7% compared to Arabica’s 1.5%). Secondly, Robusta has less sugar (3–7% compared to Arabica’s 6–9%). Thirdly, even the raw green beans look quite distinct from their Arabica counterparts. Overall these differences mean that Robusta produces a stronger, tougher brew than other beans. But there are advantages too. For example, as they are less susceptible to pests and disease, Robusta coffee plants need much less herbicide and pesticide than (non-organic) Arabica. Furthermore the Robusta coffee tree has a greater crop yield than Arabica so it is usually cheaper.
Why Indian Cherry A?
Cherry Robusta coffee from India is one of the world’s great Robustas. Most countries consider Robusta as the poor relation of the coffee family. However in India they apply the same care to the cultivation, harvest and processing of Robusta coffee as they do to Arabica. In fact, Robusta production in India is almost double that of Arabica. All high-quality, natural or dry-processed Robusta and Arabica coffees in India are known as Cherry. This is not to be confused with the cherry fruit on the coffee tree! Cherry A indicates it is one of the highest grades of Indian coffee.
Generally roasted robusta beans produce a strong, full-bodied coffee with a distinctive earthy flavour. There may be more bitterness than Arabica. However, some coffee drinkers love the powerful flavour for its strength and finish. Moreover, Cherry Robusta is important in traditional Italian coffee culture, especially for espresso blends. Some baristas also claim that Cherry Robusta gives a better foam or crema on the coffee.