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India Monsooned Malabar AA Karnataka


Flavor Profile

Cupping Notes
Spicy, earthy, smoky, and sweet tobacco flavors with a creamy body and medium acidity.

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  • CategoryConventional
  • CountryIndia
  • Local RegionKarnataka
  • ProcessOther
  • VarietyKents, S.795, Catimor, Selection 9
  • Altitude (meters)1,100-1,200 masl
  • HarvestOctober- February
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

This is a very unique coffee specifically because of the "Monsooning" process. The natural coffee beans are in a well-ventilated brick or concrete floored warehouses in thick, 4-6in piles and are exposed to moisture filled monsoon winds. Exposing these beans to this type of weather brings out distinctive flavor notes that cannot be found in other processes.

The process is carried out on the West Coast of India using the winds from the Arabian Sea during Monsoon months of June through September. This 12-to-16-week process begins with top grade beans, Arabica cherry AB, that have already been processed by the Natural method. To ensure equal moisture absorption in all the beans, they are raked frequently and followed by bulking and re-bagging at consistent intervals. During this process, the beans absorb the moisture in stages, swelling nearly twice their original size and developing colors ranging from pale gold to light brown. After several more weeks, the coffee is re-bulked, graded, bagged, and moved to a drier region for long term storage. This results in very unique flavors that appeal to coffee lovers all over the world.

Cupping notes: Spicy, earthy, smoky, and sweet tobacco flavors with a creamy body and medium acidity.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating
March 9, 2018

This is a coffee that can be hard to source and thanks to CBC we can get it. It is a staple for several of my own blends that I've created across my 18yrs of home-roasting. This coffee is also excellent as a single origin brew and is so unique in its flavor. Someone once commented that you'll either think it is "elixir of the gods" or "something all together different". I'm in the "elixir of the gods" category about this coffee. It can compliment a blend in ways that just make you happy to be a home-roaster. Highly recommend and thank-you CBC in sourcing it for us.

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May 1, 2008

It is better than tanzania paberry, i roasted it in my Wok and got a combination of very dark chocolate color and medium chocolate. It was very nutty and smooth with no bitter taste. I f you use this method be sure to use 1 tsp corn oil it gives a nice sheen and improves the nutty flavor!
Sounds like a pretty creative approach...then again there are not very many "rules" in home roasting - have fun!!

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February 9, 2022

Roasted up to start of 2nd crack. Tried it 1 day and 7 days post roast. I was a sceptic but resting was necessary to bring out the true flavor profile. Bold earthy, sweet and full flavor. The bean quality was very good which always helps developing a good roast. Coffee also works well as a cold brew and has the body to stand up to a creamer.

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March 23, 2022

Monsooned Malabar has been one of my favorite coffees for years. Coffee Bean Corral has great prices, and the beans are among the best. I roast it both light and a full city. It does have a taste that some might call funky. It is the only coffee that my adult daughter drinks with no milk/cream. Very low acidity/bitterness compared to all other coffees.

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March 14, 2021

I just love these monsoon processed beans. At first I wasn't sure but the more I drank them the more I liked the taste. I like them so much. Ow I buy 5 lbs at a time!

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March 6, 2022

My favorite coffee for blends. Add 20% (roasted about 20-30 seconds into 2nd crack) to any blend and you get an earthy, sweet bass note. BEAUTIFUL. I never drink as a SO. Parliament said we gotta have that funk, but maybe not all at once!

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January 3, 2022

Absolutely amazing I loved the smooth roast profile and the end flavor profile was amazing. 10-10 would recommend for a daily drinker

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February 8, 2021

I do love this one. Not for a daily drink, but for an afternoon pick me up or to share with friends looking for an unusual cup.

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March 1, 2019

Great spicy bean and surprisingly light given the complexity of flavors I pulled roasting over open flame right to the 2nd crack. This would be an awesome bean to make blends with which I plan on doing. Definitely one of the best batches I’ve roasted.

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September 14, 2008

My first roast with this bean, held up at city. Very smooth with a hint of chocolate at the end. Going to send it deeper next time. One of my favorites so far along with the Sulawesi Toraja. -WD

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February 4, 2008

If you want a different yet very enjoyable experience, this is worth a try. Definitely monsooned, but not with the strong,overdone accent of some monsooned coffees I've tasted. A high-quality bean. B. Glett The difference is in the processing, making "Coehlo's Gold" definitely the supreme cup of Malabar

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November 30, 2007

Nice coffee. Crisp. When you first open the bag and smell it, it smells unlike any other green bean i've smelled. You can definitely smell the monsoon/water. I;d say it was a slightly musty scent. I was intrigued instantly. The roast was also different. The beans seems to take longer to begin roasting. I was afraid i'd over roast or over roast. In the end I roasted to a nice medium dark brown this first time. (Good thing I have 5 pounds of it). Its clean and crisp. Not heavy at all and VERY nutty. Definite chocolate in there too. Next time I'll try a full city roast and see how it differs. I highly recommend thsi bean. Maddie

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February 11, 2023

I had really high hopes for this one. I tried it with 4 different roast profiles from light to med/light to the point of getting oil out of it and I've tried to blend them and over and over I get the same thing, WOOD. The initial tongue hit is a good coffee flavor but the aftertaste is 110% like sucking on a coffee soaked tooth pick. Just a flat out wood flavor. I got the 1/2lb sampler so it won't hurt so much when I throw it away. Sorry guys, this is a miss for me.

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February 5, 2023

I was a huge fan of Starbucks' Komodo Dragon dark roast. This particular bean is like that roast on crack. It's got more earthiness, more spice, and a darker, richer feel and taste. It's easily the best bean I've roasted so far. Ordered another pound as well as several similar half pounds to try out but this one will always be included in any order I make from now on. For anyone wondering, I use the Hive Roaster (can find it on Etsy). It's hand made and hand held, roasts beans over a gas flame and works perfectly as long as you do not stop moving it.

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November 29, 2022

I feel like this is one of those love it or hate it coffees. I absolutely love it in an espresso blend! Not so much as a single origin though… a bit too earthy for me, but definitely worth a try! Something about it adds just the right touch to an espresso. Maybe a bit of a sweetness or a fullness that just makes espresso “pop”. About 30% Malabar, 60% Brazil, 10% or less of robusta. And Bingo!

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September 21, 2022

One of my favorite beans

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September 20, 2022

I wrote a review in March 2022 about this being my (and my family's) favorite coffee. I just received another 50 lbs. that I ordered from Coffee Bean Corral. Their packaging, shipping times, shipping costs, and responsiveness are all top-rate. Definitely have become my go-to place for green coffee beans.

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August 31, 2022

Incredibly smooth coffee. Brew method: French press and espresso This made a very ridiculously smooth cup of coffee with my French press. Had a very smoky, woody notes which I love. At times if roasted appropriately you can get hints of spices and very earthy under tones. This has become a favorite of mine recently and I bet it would be yours too.

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August 8, 2022

This is a very smooth coffee. It's a flowery smooth flavor and lacks bitterness. I call this my afternoon coffee. For morning coffee I want a deep rich bitter coffee to wake me up. This is a milder coffee flavor, sweet and soft on the pallet.

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July 10, 2022

Good and special Arabic coffee and black coffee

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June 10, 2022

Don't tell the world, CBC Monsooned Malabar is the sweetness coffee on the planet when roasted right!

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June 7, 2022

I roasted 15 - 30 seconds after 1st crack was over and it made for a fairly smooth and mild cup that could have been blended with any other bean without overpowering it. I enjoyed it, as did the friends I shared it with. Not a stand-out, unique taste… but one worth having in the rotation and likely a good addition to blends.

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April 19, 2022

For being a coffee with a non western taste, I really like this one. Some might not like it as a single origin, but would be great in a blend or espresso as it is special, but not super funky like a Vietnamese coffee (would not recommend that one.) Good one for something different, but not too different.

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February 1, 2022

Roasted it to a nice middle City+, making sure to keep the temperature nice and low for the browning phase. The result is an earthy experience that feels wholly separate from something like a Sumatran. The best I can describe it is "petrichor". This coffee tastes like rain on stone smells. Interestingly, it got a little sweeter after sitting for a week, and gained the subtle undertone of burnt Carmel. I don't think it would necessarily be a flavor everyone would appreciate, but I absolutely love it.

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November 30, 2021

Very smooth with a sweetness

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October 27, 2021

I roasted just up to 2nd crack such that after 7 days there were just a few specks of oil that surfaced on some of the beans. That's typically my favorite roast for the espresso that I brew. As per description and some reviews, the espresso had a tea-like spicy taste. There's all kinds of teas and tea tastes, but I'd say maybe something akin to a Ceylon black tea like in Earl Grey or English Breakfast Tea. I didn't hate it, but I would not buy again. I prefer a more traditional Italian style espresso - a little bitter, not too bright but smooth and more of a rich chocolaty mouth feel.

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September 29, 2021

This is a very unique tasting coffee that has a different taste than any other coffee I have roasted. Others have noted that there is almost a spicy hint and I would also agree. The beans seem to take longer to roast but there is something unique about the monsoon rains washing them. If you want a different tasting coffee, this is worth trying. I find it makes a great addition to my coffee portfolio of favorites to keep.

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September 26, 2021

From the description on the website for this coffee, I was expecting something fabulous. My husband and I didn’t think that it was that great. It tasted like coffee we bought at the grocery store

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September 12, 2021

Bold flavored coffee with a very mild hint of spice. I blend a Ethiopian pea berry with this to tone it down and the combination is really tasty.

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September 9, 2021

I love these Indian Monsooned Malabar AA beans. Beans cam quickly and in great condition. Thanks Coffee Bean Corral! I roasted the beans to city+. Smooth flavor with a hint of chocolate, spicy earth tones.

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June 11, 2021

Not only is the coffee legit, but I’m very impressed with the service. Coffee came on time, very well packaged, and great quality. This is the first time ordering here, and I will definitely order from here more!

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February 15, 2021

It’s ok

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December 7, 2020

A nice earthy companion to Haiti chocolate. I dont know how I missed this.

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November 28, 2020

Surprise to see that this bean has large bean size and roast up quite evenly. I roast it in a sift over gas stove to barely finished first crack. Rested the bean for the few days before drinking. Rich and strong body with earthly mouthfeel. Very unique bean and great to have a chance to try it out!

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November 9, 2020

This is my second order of this amazing coffee. Ordered 5 pounds the first time and just ordered 20 pounds. Will order again.

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August 25, 2020

Definitely a unique experience for coffee. Not like any other coffee I have experienced. Very good as a dark roast.

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August 9, 2020

I have tried several methods, but cannot get an even roast on this coffee. The brewed cup may be like tea, as described. I don't like it.

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June 18, 2020

This coffee is an absolute must in my shop and it doesn't stay on the shelf in our local market for more than a day. It has a very...unique...flavor that, oddly enough, I don't care for, but I seriously have such a large customer base that I certainly couldn't ever NOT carry it.

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June 10, 2020

As the great Russ Denz used to say "if there is no Monsooned Malabar in your espresso, there certainly should be". MM works well as espresso with some Ethipians I have and with a Peruvian as well. Smooth and funky, but nice balance. Bare;u into 2nd crack works for me.

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April 29, 2020

Very unique coffee. My rating may change, I am still playing around with the roast...

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September 22, 2019

Have been waiting a long time for Monsooned to be available again. It is probably our favorite bean, works well in blends and can stand alone.

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August 28, 2019

This is the coffee I make for company and guests - it never fails to impress. And if you're a lover of the India / Asia-Pacific beans, this one might be a good way to add some variety to your rotation while maintaining some of the similar flavors. I enjoy this roasted as much 30 seconds into 2nd crack, any darker is a bit too bitter for my taste. Favorite brew method is a Chemex for this one.

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July 15, 2019

Went light - to a city roast. My wife's description was "like the best diner cofffee you've ever had. Then when you stop and count, you realize you've already had four cups of coffee and yet still want more."

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December 11, 2018

I've been using this Indian Monsooned Malabar AA for several years. The quality is always high, and consistent. This is always a welcome addition to my roasting blends for both drip and espresso. Coffee Bean Corral is always a great place for your unroasted beans. You can't beat their quality and prices.

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June 27, 2018

Still the best coffee in the world

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March 16, 2007

Roasted at full city. The aroma was very strong, flavor is great with a slight hint of chocolate. At first when the beans were heating up they really stink but the end result is very favorable.

One man's stink, as it turns out, can be another man's perfume - if you doubt that, just ask the first male skunk you meet. I digress...that "wet burlap"-type of odor / aroma occurs with most coffees as they begin to roast and lose their silverskin (chaff), although usually to a lesser degree than with monsooned coffees. It, too, passes with time, but now you know when to turn your nose away...or closer, as your own preferrence dictates.

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February 4, 2021

Maybe I got a bad batch, but this took more than twice as long as most other beans to even get a medium roast. Plus it doesn’t taste like coffee. At all. And what it does taste like is not pleasant. I’m glad the Corral has so many other excellent choices.

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June 4, 2020

My first roast with this bean, medium roasted. Will to buy again

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October 12, 2018

Top notch coffee, always great quality beans. Ships quickly. Only note is I buy 50lbs at a time. I selected the Poly bag for the first time (which is one big bag) vs. the burlap in which there are 4 separate bags. I think the 50 lb bag is too big for shipping. It was punctured by the shipper (not Coffee Bean Corrals fault) and the top came open. No beans lost, they were contained in the box, I weighed it to check, but I will go back to the burlap for next time

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March 31, 2021

Incredibly underwhelmed with these beans. Tastes like a cup of tea, not coffee. Indian Mysore wasn't any better. India just doesn't have what it takes.

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