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    Malabar Gold

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    I managed to get some Monsooned Malabar, and while researching this on the internet, got the impression that it does not make good coffee as a single origin bean.

    Most people use this in a blend, and the Malabar Gold is like some secret blend ... so far I have gathered that this blend needs 50% malabar, 25% Sumatran, 15% Mysore, 10% Robusta.

    Anyone tried such a blend before? What a good replacement for robusta?

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    I wouldnt mind knowing what a good replacement for the robusta would be as well Tom.

    Come on Snobs.......... expell your wonders of information.

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    I have been researching on coffeegeek, and on the internet, and the general consesus is that robusta gives more crema but the flip side is the taste. In fact a good robusta that works well in a blend is one that was described as having a neutral taste! Does that mean its tasteless?

    What does robusta taste like?

    Anyone know where I can get robusta? I wonder how much they cost ... wouldnt mind trying a small amount just to see how it works in a blend.

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    Robusta is very cheap and many people dont like it but it does work well in a blend.

    We could do a poll if there is enough interest.

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    Hahah that description has got to belong in the cupping room.

    Its not that I really want to try robusta, its just that I have been doing some research into espresso blending, and found out about Malabar Gold, and also italian blends like to have robusta in them.

    Hence, I was just curious as to what Robusta tastes like and what effect it has on an espresso blend.

    Hmmm .. might have to up my order on the brazilian beans, since from everything I have read and your blend suggestion, it forms the major part of an espresso blend.

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    Another reason for using Robusta is that being cheaper it gives a bit of a price buffer as the Robusta price doesnt tend to be as volitile as the Aribica and doesnt impact on flavour to much.

    Cheers
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    Re: Malabar Gold

    Hmmmm The robusta sounds like hmmmmmmm thats it... Ground rice...I had a laugh

    I wouldnt mind trying a bit myself. But if it is like Graemes thoughts Id only want 2.5kg... why the dogs only just starting to like coffee. and with 2.5kg it would take him months to be able to finish it off. I had a laugh

    R&R is it possible to see if you can get a 30kg bag? ime sure a few of us wouldnt mind it, just for a try at least.

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    Well ask but are quite certain it comes in 60kg bags only.

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    I suppose the best thing we could do here is to put up a poll for expressions of interest and if it fills quickly those who voted for it first can have first digs at it.

    what R your thoughts Richard?

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    Your a bad man Graeme...I had a laugh

    Richard says quite often quotes something in the manner of "its kind of nutty" and now you can go down in history as the "Smelly socks" I had a laugh

    I think we get the hint Graeme I had a laugh. Now then getting down to business. This brasillian you have what is it? how much? and where from?. Would love to try some. is it OK on its own?

    Hey Ive heard of little smell cards that you can get. I wonder do they have a section called smelly socks....1 week, 2 weeks ohhhh 2 months gotta try that one...giggled like a schoolgirl

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    its probably the Brasilian Cerrado that just closed ;D

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    Great!

    Looking forward to it.

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchBean link=1091609817/0#11 date=1091930956
    This brasillian you have what is it? how much? and where from?. Would love to try some. is it OK on its own?
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    I found the brasil pretty boring on its own, but maybe my palate has been jaded by too many uber hits from lintong and the like.

    most recently I blended brasil,mysore, monsoon, yirg and lintong in a 2:1:1:1: and have found it a little uninspiring compared to my previous standard of brasil, yirg, lintong 2:1:1:

    Ill have to try the monsoon and the mysore on their own to get more of a feeling for the bean and its potential.

    Straight harrar was pretty nice as was a 50:50 blend with kenya.

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    Re: Malabar Gold

    Quote Originally Posted by mauricem link=1091609817/0#14 date=1091937107

    Straight harrar was pretty nice as was a 50:50 blend with kenya.
    Thats my impression as well. 50:50 makes a nice cappa, BUT, Ive just tried 1:1:1 Yemen, Harar, Kenya and its superb as a cappa. The Yemen really adds chocolate to the mix, and its still a "classic" coffee taste as well. This looks like its going to be our new standard blend.

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    Re: Malabar Gold

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    This is what I read about regarding the presence of Robusta in the Malabar Gold blend

    Perhaps the most significant effect of this premium washed Robusta is it enhances the richness and longevity of the crema without detracting from the neutral character that is so critical for a superior espresso. It also adds a unique flavor profile, typical of European espresso, that simply cannot be achieved with Arabica coffees alone.

    What is the flavor profile of European espresso?



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