Mayorga Coffee Roasters
India Monsooned Malabar
Dense, heavy aroma: fresh-cut pine, Mediterranean herbs, with an elusive hint of fruit - pear perhaps. In the cup an unusually heavy, rather gritty body, bitter walnut tones and distinct pine and resiny herb notes - rosemary perhaps.
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. Despite the words "Medium Roast" in the coffee name, this sample was rather dark roasted for a Monsooned coffee, a coffee type that is usually brought to a lighter roast. Mayorga Coffee Roasters is a distinguished wholesale roaster, retailer, and Internet seller of coffee and coffee accessories. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Retsina and mescal drinkers.
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This review originally appeared in the July, 2004 tasting report: Daddy's Socks or Fancy Cheese: Monsooned Coffees and the Perils of Evaluation