Porto Rico Importing Co.
India Monsooned Malabar
|New York, New York
A fine monsooned Malabar with the usual low acidity and heavy body of this exotic origin, but here, in a skillfully executed light-roast style, unusually sweet with complex nuance: low-toned cantaloupe-like fruit and a pungent, gingery mustiness that easily reads as nut, and, with imagination, as malty toned chocolate.
Sold whole-bean in bulk; $6.99/pound. Monsooned Malabar is a fruity dry-processed coffee from India that is exposed to moisture-laden monsoon winds for three months after processing and drying but before shipping. It is often used in espresso blends but only rarely offered as a single-origin selection. Porto Rico Importing Co. is a long established, family-owned New York coffee and tea seller. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy the full-bodied, low-acid, quirkily nuanced traditional coffees of Sumatra and Sulawesi.
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This review originally appeared in the June, 2003 tasting report: Pursuing Quality at the Supermarket