So to kick off our week of coffee we have started with an old Urban favourite, Indian Monsoon Malabar, something that is a nice entry level coffee. Its low complexity enables the drinker to easily define what flavours they can pick up and due to its boldness it brings about a very classic profile. This coffee pairs up well against our Rwanda Maraba Bourbon and works well as a French Press.
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 bold 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.
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 is directly sourced and supplied to us from the guys at Union Hand Roasted 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.