Malabar Gold Espresso
|Roaster Location:||Menlo Park, California|
|Coffee Origin:||A blend of coffees from southern India.|
|Review Date:||April 2002|
Blind Assessment: In the small cup full and buttery in body, in flavor grainy, sharply malty/musty, with dry, pleasing cherry-like fruit notes. Cappuccino-quantities of milk sweeten the profile, accentuating the fruit and turning the grainy tones pleasantly nut-like. At its best in big milk, where it its fat, buttery body masters the dairy with pure weight and character rather than with bitterness. (86 straight espresso, 90 w/milk)
Notes: Josuma Coffee is a distinguished importer of India coffees. Josuma's Malabar Gold Espresso is an all-Indian espresso blend that takes advantage of the wide range of espresso-friendly coffees produced in India, including Monsooned Malabar (dry-processed arabica coffee systematically exposed to moist monsoon winds) and fine, wet-processed robustas. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Caffé latte drinkers and anyone interested in this blend's unusual character and explicit use of robustas and Monsooned Malabars.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2002 tasting report: Brewing Espresso at Home