India Jumboor Estate MNEB
|Coorg growing region, southern India.
Ken's favorite in the cupping: "Superb balance of dry and sweet tones. Crisp fruit notes suggest temperate fruit, perhaps pears. Slight but not entirely unpleasant bitterness in the finish" (rating 90). Chris: "The other stand-alone in the cupping, owing to its medium-intensity East-Africa-style acidity. Begins with suggestions of mandarin orange and dips toward a floral wine finish" (rating 89).
Jumboor Estate is one of numerous estates associated with Tata Coffee, Asia's largest coffee company and a subsidiary of one of the world's largest tea companies. MNEB is an acronym for Mysore Nuggets Extra Bold, the top grade of India specialty coffee. From trees of Selection 795, a respected hybrid that includes the classic Indian Kents variety in its parentage. From the 2001-2002 crop. As a green coffee, winner of the top specialty coffee award in the 2002 Fine Cup competition in Bangalore, India. Currently not available in the United States. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Lovers of sweetly dry exotic breakfast coffees looking for a distinguished variant on the theme. I settled on pears and Chris on mandarin orange, but we both admired the same exhilaratingly high-toned, crisp-yet-sweet fruit tones.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2002 tasting report: India Coffees