India Jumboor Estate MNEB
|Roaster Location:||Bangalore, India|
|Coffee Origin:||Coorg growing region, southern India.|
|Review Date:||August 2002|
Blind Assessment: 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).
Notes: 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.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2002 tasting report: India Coffees