Posts Tagged 'Arabica'

Urban Coffee Shrub

Coffea Arabica Shrub B

After almost a year of nurturing this baby Coffea Arabica shrub I am yet to see any fruit for my labour. The poor wee thing has trouble surviving in these conditions and in all honesty I don’t think I’ll being growing very many coffee cherry’s without my own micro-climate here in New Zealand.

However, The photos show new growth which is always a bonus – I have had trouble with over dosing it with nitrogen which led to some nice little patterns on the leafs but also a bit of burning.

Coffea Arabica Shrub A

Coffea Arabica Shrub C

Here’s hoping it survives summer – if you have any tips please feel free to let me know.

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Indian Cupping

Roasted Arabica

Today I cupped two different Indian beans for a friend of mine. He gave me an Indian Plantation A Arabica and an Indian Robusta Cherry AB (Sorry I could not be more specific with estates, I will try to find these out). The results are as follows.

Indian Plantation A Arabica.

This produced a very nice, well rounded cup with a banana – almond taste. The cup presented low acidity with a pleasant aftertaste. Very good as a single estate cup.

Indian Robusta Cherry AB

I have doubts about Robusta, I know we should try things without predetermined views and I tried. This cup produced a rather pungent, sharp taste, similar to that of dark chocolate (the 90% stuff) with a hint of raspberry. There was a medium acidity with a lingering aftertaste that was rather nice, The thought of a bitter, dry coffee I was expecting quickly vanished with this coffee. Nice, but I did prefer the Arabica.

 Cupping Cup

The final cupping I did was a simple 50 / 50 blend. I have to say – I would in future only use a maximum of 20% Robusta as the 50 / 50 had very little distinguishable taste.


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