India Monsooned Malabar by Martinez Fine Coffees Review |
  • Martinez Fine Coffees

    Atlanta, Georgia
  • India Monsooned Malabar

Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2007
Origin: Southern India. Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Low-toned, simple but resonantly deep coffee, with variants of smoke and chocolate notes running from aroma to cup. As the cup cools the smoky character subordinates itself to delicate chocolate and orangy floral notes. Very clean, sweet finish. The smoke notes, by the way, appear to be a variant on the musty/malty character of the unroasted monsooned beans, not a symptom of a darker roast.

Notes: Monsooned Malabars are arabica coffees that, after drying inside the fruit and fruit removal, have been exposed to wet, salty winds inside special open-sided warehouses during the monsoon season. After several months of such exposure the beans swell to about twice their normal size, lose acidity, and develop a mildly malty, musty character. Martinez Fine Coffees specializes in elite single-origin coffees only. The firm was founded in 1988 by the distinguished Jamaican-born coffee man John Martinez. Visit or call 800-642-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: How about metrosexuals: An exceptionally elegant version of the often dauntingly rugged and macho monsooned cup.


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