Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:35am Subject: Re: High Caffeine Bean?
These guys claim their coffee is super highly caffeinated and contains no robusta: http://www.shockcoffee.com/ I have never tried it so I can't say if it is drinkable.
Alternatively you can roast your own robusta. Many of the green coffee suppliers sell it as a blending component to enhance crema in espresso. Sweet Maria's actually made the claim for some which they were selling that you could roast it, brew it filter drip, and actually drink it. They are out of it now. I have bought the stuff in the past but really have no need of it. I can get plenty of crema with decent arabica. I did try to brew and drink the stuff single origin and I would agree it was drinkable if you need a caffeine hit.
Sweet Maria's also from time to time sells some real crap robusta for "educational purposes only" for about $1 / lb. The claim is that as crap it is actually better crap than what goes into instant coffee. I have also bought some of that to experiment with. If you steam it before roasting, it can actually be drunk. I'm not claiming it is good, just that it can be ingested. I don't know what effect the steaming has on its "medicinal" value however.
www.CoffeeBeanDirect.com used to sell a "Poor Mans Blend" that I used to get alot of when I first started roasting. It was cheap green, basically the bottoms of bags all mixed together and sold cheap per pound. I recall it having quite a kick, probably alot of robusta mixed in. Its worth a try.
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674
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