Buy Monsoon Malabar Arabica Coffee
Looking for a special cup of coffee - something different and unique ?
We recommend giving the Monsoon Malabar Arabica a shot....
It is a medium to dark roasted whole coffee (although visual appearance is light because it starts out as faded yellow instead of dark green) and it's well regarded as being perfect for Espresso style due to the thick, viscous body and the very low acid.
Strong, intense, low acid, tons of syrupy chocolate and dark cocoa tones.
Without doubt, the Monsoon Malabar is one of the world's most full-bodied coffee beans.
Please note, this coffee can require 14 days rest post-roast - it continues to develop for weeks and weeks after roasting. Whilst that rest period is a guide only, it's possible to start using the coffee before the 14 day rest period, it's just that the full flavors will not have fully developed, the coffee will be very gassy with a tendency for non-persistent crema and it may be difficult to grind without particles spraying everywhere.
About the Monsoon process
Monsoon Malabar is grown and processed in the green (raw) state using 100% Arabica beans sourced from the best plantations in India.
The Malabar coast provides ideal conditions for the monsoon winds to season the beans stored in open warehouses for up to 3-4 months.
The seasoning or monsooning process is carefully controlled to reduce the risk of excessive taints.
A Note About Freshness and Aging the roasted Monsoon Malabar
Monsoon Malabar are fresh roasted by us at least once or twice a week a week depending upon order volumes.
Predicting order volumes is extremely difficult as customers can each buy up to 10kg of this Monsoon Malabar on their order, or we have numerous returning customers buysing at the same day which results in going from having adequate fresh stock to zero in a matter of hours.
This plays havoc with our carefully controlled and planned aging process specific to this roasted Monsoon Malabar coffee bean.
The Monsoon Malabar is the only bean in our portfolio that we try to keep at least a few days worth of roasted stock in the warehouse to age as we know that just fresh roasted Monsoon Malabar can be tricky to use for espresso in terms of getting the grind and dose right due to it being quite volatile when fresh.
As we note above, it's a well known fact that Monsoon Malabar is best enjoyed well-rested up to 15+ or even 20 days past the roast date once the beans have fully stabilised.
This extended resting period delivers a superb flavor balance that is largely absent in the first 10+ days post roast.
Another important fact about the Monsoon Malabar is that in the roasted state it has an incredible shelf life that can be 200% or 300% longer than other roasted coffees. In other words, the Monsoon Malabar will continue pulling massive crema, body and flavor for long after other roasted coffees have oxydized and become lifeless.
In the roasted state, Monsoon Malabar does not provide the beautiful sweet coffee aromatics found in African or Central American coffees. Instead, you are faced with a distinctive funky, musty, earthy, even tending towards savoury or briny aroma.
Please do not be put off by the aroma of the whole bean coffee as the extracted espresso is something entirely different.
Very low acidity - one of the lowest acid beans available. As a result of the low acidity, it produces extremely thick, rich and full cup via espresso extraction.
The flavor is sweet and intense providing one of the longest finishes (after-taste) of any bean.
Monsooning is a practice that emulates the process coffee beans were subjected to during the early days of ship transport over many months when transporting beans from India to Europe. Humidity and sea winds combined to force a ripening of the coffee beans and transformation from the fresh green appearance we are traditionally expecting to see in the raw coffee to a pale yellow colour that gives the impression of aged beans.
Modern processing of the monsooning is controlled by careful procedures to ensure quality and consistency.
Trying Monsoon Malabar AA coffee should be on the every coffee lover's Bucket List !.
If you are seeking a coffee to use immediately and can't wait for fresh roasted Monsoon Malabar to age and stabilize, we suggest to look at alternatives such as Tiger Mountain or the fabulous Mysore Nuggets Extra Bold.
There is no problem at all in using fresh roasted Monsoon coffee, but you will appreciate the development of the bean as it ages - just like a fine wine.
AA versus A grade
Due to the scarcity of sourcing quality lots of Monsoon Malabar Arabica, we will at times switch between the AA and A grade coffees depending upon what is available for us to secure. In the past, we have also had to use Peaberry (PB) when there was no A or AA available.
It's important to note that AA grade is not better than A grade - it's just a bean size definition, e.g. AA is slightly larger in dimension than the A grade. It's what they call a screen.
Please respectfully note - we do not take requests for AA or A for customer orders. We don't hold multiple lots of Monsoon Malabar simultaneously.
Monsoon coffees are unique and distinctive - there is nothing else like them anywhere.
Strong and robust, these coffees are like pouring tar into a cup.........thick, viscous body, massive crema and insane complexity.
If you can think of a herb or spice then it's probably detectable in the Monsoon Malabar - it's got everything.
A certain type of coffee drinker will become addicted, infatuated and then obsessed for life once they experience Monsoon Malabar - everything else pales into insignificance.
You need a super-fine grind because every last bit of moisture has been either evaporated or roasted out of this bean.
If you enjoy Greek or Turkish style coffees, the Monsoon Malabar is just for you.
A coffee to definitely try if you have not yet.