Let’s Talk Robusta 2013 was by all accounts bigger and better than its predecessor. Here are 10 of the most memorable quotes from the event.
THE ROBUSTA TABOO
You can’t just ask any importer for a Robusta. You have to be discreet.
Robusta has been a perfect sensory bogeyman for Arabica.
The Coffee Review
THE ROBUSTA TRAP
Robusta is cheap and poorly prepared because it is expected to be cheap and poorly prepared.
Large specialty coffee companies simply cannot afford to take a risk on offering even the best Robustas. They would be doomed to by the same 100% Arabica myth they helped create.
ROBUSTA AND THE MARKET
Our café may sell 6 or 7 filtered coffees a day and 600 to 700 espressos.
We have five espresso blends. Our customers cup them all and choose the one they want. Four are 100 percent Arabica, but more than half our customers choose the one that is 20 percent Robusta.
Veneziano Coffee Roasters
You want to produce a fine Robusta? Treat it like a fine Arabica.
Robusta genetics will help bring Arabica through climate change.
Someday soon there won’t be enough fine Arabica to meet demand. Better to start experimenting now.
We don’t know Robusta.
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ABOUT LET’S TALK ROBUSTA
CRS has collaborated with Sustainable Harvest over the past two years to create an annual workshop series on fine Robusta offered during the yearly Let’s Talk Coffee event. The result, Let’s Talk Robusta, has generated plenty of buzz and lots of enlightenment through its first two years. The coffee scribes at Sprudge provided excellent coverage of the 2012 event in Colombia, which brought together some of the biggest names in Robusta to introduce the specialty community to “the other coffee” through lectures and a fine Robusta cupping. The 2013 edition of Let’s Talk Robusta in El Salvador was bigger and better than its predecessor, from with the provocative opening statements of The Coffee Review co-founder and specialty coffee pioneer Kenneth Davids all the way through to the fine Robusta tasting that closed the event.
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This is the fourth and final post in a series on Let’s Talk Robusta 2013, the second annual series of workshops sponsored by the CRS Borderlands project during Sustainable Harvest’s annual Let’s Talk Coffee event.