India Monsooned Malabar by Coffee Bean Direct Review |
  • Coffee Bean Direct

    Titusville, New Jersey
  • India Monsooned Malabar

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

Blind Assessment: Sweet-toned, deep, complex aroma: spice notes (ginger, cardamom) and sweet clayish earth that suggests a sort of butterscotch. In the cup syrupy mouthfeel, very sweet, almost candyish. Some surprising floral hints surface, and the spicy earth notes turn toward a dark chocolate. The finish is sweet with a slight astringency. A hint of an off note resembling raw potato in some cups discouraged a higher rating for this complex, interesting coffee.

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. Coffee Bean Direct is a gourmet small-batch coffee roaster serving wholesale and on-line retail customers. Visit or call 888-232-6711 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A coffee adventurer's cup.


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