Coffee Bean Direct
India Monsooned Malabar
|Titusville, New Jersey
Sweet-toned, deep, complex aroma: spice notes (ginger, cardamom) and sweet clayish earth that suggests a sort of butterscotch. In the cup syrupy mouthfeel, very sweet, almost candyish. Some surprising floral hints surface, and the spicy earth notes turn toward a dark chocolate. The finish is sweet with a slight astringency. A hint of an off note resembling raw potato in some cups discouraged a higher rating for this complex, interesting coffee.
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. Coffee Bean Direct is a gourmet small-batch coffee roaster serving wholesale and on-line retail customers. Visit
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This review originally appeared in the December, 2007 tasting report: Exotic Procedures in Far Places: Aged, Monsooned and Luwaked Coffees