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Monsoon Malabar AA

A legendary and unique coffee. Bold with a strong character.

‘Monsooning’ is a process unique to India, where natural sun-dried green coffee is stored in open-sided warehouses on the coast, which allow moist tropical air from the monsoon winds to blow through the storage area. Over a 2 to 3 month period, the beans absorb moisture, lose a degree of their natural acidity and swell to around double their original size, becoming brittle and pale.

The result is an earthy, pungent, low acidity cup with weight, body and a unique bold flavor like no other coffee.

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Quick Facts

Country: India
Farmer: Various Plantations
Varietal: Various
Processing: Moonsooned
Altitude: 1000 to 2000 meters above sea level

Tasting notes:

Malt, bold and smokey

Brewing method:

Brews well in all brew methods, but especially well in a French Press or as a single origin espresso. Need to be grinded at a finer setting than most coffees.


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Monsoon Malabar AA

Monsoon Malabar AA (Asia Elephant) is produced from fine quality plantation coffees grown at 1000 to 2000 meters above sea level.

‘Monsooning’ is a process unique to India, with a lengthy history and producing a distinctive, potent cup. It dates back to coffee farming under British colonial rule, when during the several months that it took to ship green coffee from India to Europe, the humidity and sea winds caused the beans to swell and age. As transport improved and the beans suffered less from the elements en route, European coffee-drinkers noticed that the coffee was losing the character and distinctive, bold flavour they were used to. So, a new process was devised to replicate the conditions that produced this singular coffee.

To create a ‘monsooned’ crop, natural sun-dried green coffee is stored in open-sided warehouses on the coast, which allow moist tropical air from the monsoon winds to blow through the storage area. Over a 2 to 3 month period, the beans absorb moisture, lose a degree of their natural acidity and swell to around double their original size, becoming brittle and pale. The process starts when the monsoon season begins in June/July and is usually completed by the end of October. The result is an earthy, pungent and low acidity cup.