[Homeroast] identifying green beans

miKe mcKoffee mckona at comcast.net
Wed Jan 4 20:03:47 CST 2012

"Better" is subjective. Take it from someone who once had 17 different TOP
Kona coffees in my personal stash. MOST (or at least a lot of) Kona coffee
would come in behind a good Guatemala in blind cupping. (I use Guat' as an
example because Kona Typica varietal evolved from Guatemala Typica)

Other than possibly being able to tell if greens where old or had a lot of
defects or possibly total wrong varietal picture of greens would be
meaningless. There may be some lab tests for varietal confirmation but not
that I know of. Cupping yes.

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On 01/04/2012 08:07 PM, Dave wrote:
> If you post a picture, someone can probably tell you if it's coffee.
> Does that help?
> Dave
> Some days...
> It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps

hehe I realize it is kind of a dumb question, but I am a newbie and thought
maybe there was some way.

So, how prevalent is counterfeiting in coffee? Seems to me just about any
bean could be passed off as something better than it actually is. Is expert
cupping the only reliable way of telling? Are there genetics or lab tests


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