Lately, I go to local coffee roaster who carry many single origins roasted to different degrees. I can ask for how dark the roast I want, and they are happy to fulfill my order. I buy single origins in small amounts and blend them for espresso. I am still new to buying fresh coffee and blending, so I am experimenting now with different coffees and different ratios.
I am a robusta lover, where I like classic italian blends, but it is hard to find a good fresh roasted robusta beans as single origin. I know that the malabar taste is robust and pungent, and it adds plenty of crema.
My question is: would monsoon malaber suffice in the place of robusta? I am not asking whether it is a replacement literally, rather I want to know whether I am missing on something by loosing the robusta or not.
BTW, I tried home roasting, but I am not good at it, so it is not an option to roast green robusta.