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Robusta

Robusta is a separate species of coffee, distinct from Arabica, with its own unique properties. As a crop, it is easy to force it to grow in sub-optimal conditions, so there's quite a lot of poor quality Robusta out there. However, when grown with the care a gourmet crop deserves, Robusta yields a deliciously dark, rich, high-caffeine coffee that stimulates the "back palate" region of your taste buds.

People around the world, including the USA, are evenly divided between "front palate" people and "back palate" people. We find that people who respond well to Vietnamese coffees in general tend to be back palate people, and Robusta excites primarily the back of the palate. If you often find Arabica coffees too "thin" or vaguely unsatisfying, you may be a back palate person. Try some Robusta--it might be a revelation!

One other interesting property of Robusta is its ability to stand up to milk and ice. Robusta is naturally lower in acidity than Arabica, so you don't need milk, but a lot of people simply like the taste and body milk adds to their drink. This is particularly true in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, where coffee is normally served with sweetened condensed milk. Robusta's flavor elements are not dampened by the addition of even a large amount of milk. Robusta also does not lose intensity when served on ice. As a result, it is a necessary part of Vietnamese-style iced coffee!

  • Trung Nguyen Creative One Vietnamese Coffee ##for 340g, Ground##

    Trung Nguyen Creative 1 Culi Robusta

    $7.95

    Trademark heirloom Vietnamese Robusta originally established in Vietnam in 1890 - 1922, made from select Culi (single, unsplit, peaberry) beans for richest flavor. Dark, strong, full-bodied and naturally sweet, can stand up... Learn more


  • High altitude, super-rich Philippine Robusta ##for 8oz ##

    Philippine Premium Robusta

    $6.95

    Grown at high altitude under the shade of old-growth jungle, this Robusta will shatter all expectations with its depth and complexity. Growing Robusta this way is almost unheard-of, but the result is extraordinary. Low... Learn more


  • ##for 8oz##

    Vietnamese Dalat Highlands Peaberry Robusta

    $6.95

    Vietnamese Robusta is the secret ingredient in Italian espresso. Its lush body, chocolatey taste, and excellent aftertaste are a product of the rich soil in Vietnam, and the fact that they are able to sun-dry the coffee... Learn more


  • ##for 250g##

    Bach Vietnamese Robusta Coffee, Whole Bean

    $6.95

    A pure Robusta, very strong, both in flavor and caffeine. Richly chocolatey in the best Robusta tradition. Excellent with milk and sugar, or sweetened condensed milk, but is also very low in acid so can be drunk black even... Learn more



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