Daily grind of de­ceit

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

IT is sup­posed to be the pre­mium cof­fee bean, but a 10th of cof­fees la­belled ‘‘100 per cent Ara­bica’’ in fact con­tain in­fe­rior Ro­busta beans, a study has found.

Among those tested from a UK high street, one cof­fee claim­ing to be 100 per cent Ara­bica was one fifth Ro­busta.

Ara­bica beans make less bit­ter cof­fee but are more costly be­cause of how they are pro­cessed and the fact that the plants are not as hardy as the Ro­busta va­ri­ety.

Re­searchers be­lieve up to a fifth of Ara­bi­cas sold world­wide may be fraud­u­lent and not what they claim to be.

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