India Monsooned Malabar
|Roaster Location:||Ventura, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Southern India|
|Review Date:||July 2004|
Blind Assessment: Aromatic woods and a hint of sweetly fermented fruit in the aroma. Very sweet in the cup, with rich walnut notes and a continued hint of fermented fruit inclining toward chocolate - think of overripe apricots rolled in chocolate sprinkles.
Notes: Monsooned Malabar is a fruity dry-processed coffee from India that is exposed to moisture-laden monsoon winds for three months after drying and processing but before shipping. Monsooning turns the beans puffily yellow, reduces the dry, acidy sensation, increases body, and often adds an earthy mildewed flavor to the fruity character of the original beans. Coffeeboy is a small-batch wholesale roaster whose goals are support of the independent espresso bar and education of the American espresso drinker. The Coffeeboy slogan is "Big coffees for the little guys." Visit
Who Should Drink It: Dessert lovers with unorthodox palates.
This review originally appeared in the July, 2004 tasting report: Daddy's Socks or Fancy Cheese: Monsooned Coffees and the Perils of Evaluation