Our New Filters: Part 2, Monsooned Malabar

Ok, so you’ve forsaken the mince pies…we are now heading straight into the business end of December, you’ve loosened your belt buckle and/or got a hold of some jogging pant. Just face facts…it’s going to happen…so you may aswell enjoy the ride (enjoy it more by trying our Monsooned Malabar!)

The term “Monsoon Malabar” was coined following an historical accident when cargo of Indian coffee from the Karnataka farmers were destined for Europe were exposed to frequent heavy humidity and moist sea winds on their long journeys. The wooden hulls of the of this ship created a particular environment that  influenced the flavour character of the coffee. These coffees were well regarded in the coffee houses across Europe and Malabar coffee gained a reputation for the rich, well developed heavy body, muted acidity and complex flavour.

In modern times, transportation has improved so the monsoon ageing process has been replicated at origin. After washing with clean mountain spring water, the beans are dried to 85 % moisture content then laid out in open sided warehouses, then exposed to the monsoon wind at the Bibi plantation.

The rainy season in Karnataka state begins in June, and the harvest coincided with the start of this period. When the rains begin, the coffee is laid out in the warehouses for several days regularly raked, turned and tended to ensure even exposure and the prevention of mould or taints developing. After this period, the coffee is bagged, stored in the open warehouse, with the winds blowing through until the end of the Monsoon season.
The coffee is then dried fully through September and October before shipping from November onwards.

Bibi Estate is well noted locally as a model estate for the services that it provides to its workers, and also to the surrounding community. Subsidised food supplies and dwellings are supplied to permanent farm employees, while healthcare, electricity and transport to local villages are available to neighbours and workers alike.

Deep body. It is enriched and lingering, accompanied by an intense spicy aroma with very little acidity. Seek notes of cinnamon, coconut creme in this exceptionally sweet and flavourful cup.

This coffee was directly sourced and supplied to us from the guys at Union Hand Roasted Coffee an artisan roaster who directly trade all of their coffees from the top 2% of the worlds crop, roasted by hand to always guarantee the best flavour.

Rich – Coffee Connoisseur

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