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The debate between Arabica and Robusta beans

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The debate between Arabica and Robusta beans

There are 125 species of coffee grown all over the world, yet two species tend to get the most buzz: Robusta and Arabica. Robusta and Arabica have very different reputations in the coffee market, despite the fact they look pretty much the same after roasting. Arabica beans are typically used in the specialty coffee industry, Commonwealth Joe included. Robusta is easier to grow, has a higher yield, is more pest resistant and has more caffeine than Arabica. You would think that would be great, right? However, Robusta beans are considered lower in quality and most frequently used in the commodity...

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The Specialty Coffee (Re)evolution

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The Specialty Coffee (Re)evolution

I remember my coffee game changing experience distinctly. At the time I knew specialty coffee was a thing, but still wasn’t exactly into it. When I took a sip of Counter Culture’s Idido Ethiopian coffee, I finally understood that coffee can be different. Most of the notes were probably lost on me, but it was the first time I noticed coffee as citrusy. It was acidic, but light. I felt like I was drinking juice. I wondered how coffee could possibly taste like this or even be like this.   Specialty coffee is similar to your favorite craft beer. It...

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