India Monsooned Malabar is a single origin coffee, grown at 1100 to 1200 meters above sea level in Karnataka in southern India.
Most people think of India in terms of delicate teas from Assam and Darjeeling. In fact, the country also has a long tradition of specialty coffee production. India has been exporting premium coffee varieties for more than 150 years and is the fifth-largest producer of Arabica beans in the world today!
The color, shape, aroma, and flavor of these beans are the result of a special process: Monsooning. Indian coffee was originally transported to Europe in wooden sail ships. The journey to the European mainland past the Cape of Good Hope lasted four to six months. During the journey, coffee was stored in the hold, beneath the surface of the water. Sea water trickled through the hold's wooden bottom, creating a damp environment. This resulted in a special, if unexpected, treatment. When the coffee was brought to market, the color had been altered from a fresh green to a soft gold. Its acidity had also completely dissipated. This process of monsooning is now often mimicked to replicate the ancient flavor.
Nowadays, monsooning involves exposing the freshly harvested beans to moist monsoon winds on well-ventilated soil. This occurs on India's western coast where Arabian Sea winds are favorable between June and September during the southwest monsoon.
Only premium quality beans are processed: Arabica Cherry-AB beans that have been dried beforehand (dry method). To stabilize moisture reception, the beans are constantly revolved. This also prevents mold. At the end of the monsoon period, the coffee is repackaged, inspected, and consequently transported to a dryer area where it can be stored for a longer period.
During this 12 to 16 week long process, the beans absorb a great amount of moisture. They can grow to two times their original size! The beans take on a softly golden to light brown color. And the taste... completely unique!
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