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Julian Coffee Roasters

Indian Monsooned Malabar

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Origin: Southern India.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: October 2009

Agtron: 47/66

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Smooth, rich, big-bodied, almost sugary sweet, with aromatic wood notes and a mild though distinct fruit ferment that hits raisin squarely and shades into dark chocolate. The sweetly rich finish grows very slightly tight in the long.

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 malty, musty character. Julian Coffee Roasters subtitles itself “Micro Roasted, Macro Taste,” and expresses pride in its “Java for a cause” locally-focused charity and fund-raising program. Visit www.juliancoffee.com or call 317-247-4208 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those looking for a smooth, syrupy version of the rustically musty monsooned profile.


This review originally appeared in the October, 2009 tasting report: Something for Everyone: India Coffees 2009

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