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Monsoon Malabar
Monsoon Malabar
Monsoon Malabar
Monsoon Malabar

Monsoon Malabar

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SEVEN TREES COFFEE - Monsoon Malabar  1kg 500g 250g

While many people know India as a producer of fine teas, it has been growing and exporting exceptional coffees for more than 150 years. Today, India is the fifth-largest producer of Arabica coffee in the world, behind Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Ethiopia.

Legend credits a Muslim pilgrim, Baba Budan, with bringing back seven coffee seeds from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He is said to have planted them near his mountain cave in Chikmahlur, Karnataka State, which is now considered the cradle of coffee in India.

The commercial cultivation of coffee in India began in 1840, when the British established coffee plantations throughout the mountains of Southern India, where the tropical climate, high altitude, sunny slopes, ample rainfall and soil rich in humus content proved ideal for coffee cultivation.

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 acidic beans available. As a result of the low acidity, it produces an extremely thick, rich and full cup via espresso extraction.

The flavour is sweet and intense providing one of the longest finishes (after-taste) of any bean. It's not unusual to have the taste of the coffee in your mouth for hours later.

What is "Monsooning"

The colour, shape, and size of these beans from India, as well as their aroma and taste, are the result of special post-harvest processing. Historically, coffee was shipped to Europe in wooden sailing vessels that took four to six months to sail around the Cape of Good Hope and up to their destinations. Stored below the water line and kept in an atmosphere made humid by seawater seeping through the wood, the beans underwent a transformation on their long journey to market. The bright-green beans would arrive pale gold, doubled in size and with an entirely new cup profile.

This "monsooning" process was later systematically replicated in India, with the goal of providing European customers with the cup profile they'd first become accustomed to from India and continued to demand.

The monsooning process consists of exposing natural coffee beans, in 4- to 6-inch-thick piles, to moisture-laden monsoon winds in a well-ventilated brick or concrete-floored warehouse. This process is carried out on the West Coast of India, making use of the winds from the Arabian Sea during the southwest Monsoon months of June through September.

The processing begins with top-grade beans, Arabica cherry AB, that has already been processed by the dry method. To equalize moisture absorption, the beans are raked frequently, followed by bulking and re-bagging at regular intervals. During this 12- to 16-week process, the beans absorb moisture in stages, swelling to nearly twice their original size and developing colours ranging from pale gold to light brown. After several weeks, the coffee is re-bulked, graded again, bagged and moved to a drier region for longer-term storage.

The end result is a unique flavour that (like licorice, or cilantro) appeals to a group of ardent fans. It adds interesting notes to a blend and a rich crema to espresso.

It takes about 2 to 3 weeks for the coffee to absorb its moisture and increase from 11% to 17% moisture content and then another 2 to 3 months of tipping one half full bag into another empty bag several times a day to avoid spoiling, while the moisture content reduces back down to about 13%. This is indeed an amazing labour of love and patience for any producer. 

Cup Characteristics

Spicy, earthy, smoky, tobacco notes, wood notes, medium body, medium acidity.

Coffee Storage

Coffee has four age old enemies; heat, light, air and moisture. The way coffee is stored is essential to keeping it fresh and ready to enjoy. Storing coffee in conditions that expose it to these elements will allow for the coffee to lose its flavour rapidly. Coffee should be stored in an airtight container. We suggest either a glass, metal or ceramic version. Coffee should not be stored in the freezer, contrary to popular belief, as it leads to moisture extracting the flavour of the coffee. Coffee beans are porous and will also absorb unwanted flavours from your freezer.

What Is In My Coffee?

100% roasted Arabica coffee beans, no additives, artificial flavors or preservatives.