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    ROBUSTA to ARABICA....just by looking, and possible smell

    How can one tell the difference between ROBUSTA & ARABICA beans just by .......LOOKING (after roasting)

    Allow me to explain
    I'm gonna be ordering around 10 x 80kilo sacks every 2 weeks.
    Now here in the Phils the beans (Arabica) sold are very small and after googling they certainly look like Robusta beans
    IMHO after research the Arabica beans have a 'squiggle' and the Robusta have a 'straight line'

    I cant taste
    I cant see before the roasting/picking etc etc

    Sooo if I'm gonna be purchasing this amount every month how can I tell if I'm being sold Robusta or Arabica
    Note...there is only ONE wholesale merchant here in the Philippines#
    I cant go elsewhere
    The mountain farmers want too much for their beans
    So I'm i a catch :- 22

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    Quote Originally Posted by designer View Post
    How can one tell the difference between ROBUSTA & ARABICA beans just by .......LOOKING (after roasting)

    Allow me to explain
    I'm gonna be ordering around 10 x 80kilo sacks every 2 weeks.
    Now here in the Phils the beans (Arabica) sold are very small and after googling they certainly look like Robusta beans
    IMHO after research the Arabica beans have a 'squiggle' and the Robusta have a 'straight line'

    I cant taste
    I cant see before the roasting/picking etc etc

    Sooo if I'm gonna be purchasing this amount every month how can I tell if I'm being sold Robusta or Arabica
    Note...there is only ONE wholesale merchant here in the Philippines#
    I cant go elsewhere
    The mountain farmers want too much for their beans
    So I'm i a catch :- 22
    Generally speaking, Robusta beans are smaller and rounder than Arabica beans (like Bourbon or Caturra). Having said that, that is not all true because some of good Arabica beans can be small and rounder than normal. But if you compare side by side, you can tell right away. Robusta is much smaller and rounder. with inexperienced eyes, of course, it might be bit tough to tell.

    Basically, as a roaster, you got to "cup" your green bean purchases BEFORE actually buying them. Because they might be selling really old green beans (few years old) and even they are Arabica beans, it could be really bad tasting.

    When you cup Robusta beans, you can tell (if you are somewhat experienced cupper) right away that they are Robusta beans because it is BADDDDD tasting, compared to Bourbon or Caturra or any other decent Arabica beans.

    If there is only ONE green bean wholesale company (which is kind of hard to believe), I doubt that they can sell Robusta beans as Arabica beans because decent buyers will know right away and right away, no one will buy from that company.

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    I prefer 50/50 mixing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owens1978 View Post
    I prefer 50/50 mixing.
    for.......?....

 

 

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