Martinez Fine Coffees
India Monsooned Malabar
|Roaster Location:||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Coffee Origin:||Southern India.|
|Review Date:||December 2007|
Low-toned, simple but resonantly deep coffee, with variants of smoke and chocolate notes running from aroma to cup. As the cup cools the smoky character subordinates itself to delicate chocolate and orangy floral notes. Very clean, sweet finish. The smoke notes, by the way, appear to be a variant on the musty/malty character of the unroasted monsooned beans, not a symptom of a darker roast.
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. Martinez Fine Coffees specializes in elite single-origin coffees only. The firm was founded in 1988 by the distinguished Jamaican-born coffee man John Martinez. Visit www.martinezfinecoffees.com or call 800-642-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
How about metrosexuals: An exceptionally elegant version of the often dauntingly rugged and macho monsooned cup.
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This review originally appeared in the December, 2007 tasting report: Exotic Procedures in Far Places: Aged, Monsooned and Luwaked Coffees