Coffee Bean Direct
India Monsooned Malabar
|Roaster Location:||Titusville, New Jersey|
|Coffee Origin:||Southern India.|
|Review Date:||December 2007|
Blind Assessment: 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.
Notes: 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
Who Should Drink It: A coffee adventurer's cup.
This review originally appeared in the December, 2007 tasting report: Exotic Procedures in Far Places: Aged, Monsooned and Luwaked Coffees