Indian Monsooned Malabar AA


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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

This is one unique south indian coffee just by the monsooning process. Monsooned Malabar coffee beans are harvested, processed, and laid to age in monsoon weather (June through September), and this mellows the green coffee beans and turns them a golden tan. The resultant brew is akin to a dry wine and very earthy. Tasting it would make you imagine they processed nuts right along with the coffee, as it has a pronounced nutty flavor.

I took this coffee fresh on a two-day backpacking trip with friends who were reliant on my gourmet discrimination in coffee, but tentative of my description of this particular coffee. We made it in one of those Bodum stovetop espresso makers after eight miles of up and down in Big Basin, California. As the sky lightened and our joints made it clear how really stiff they were, the beautiful brown and black foam came tumbling into view; well the aroma was the first hint that this was something different.

This Indian coffee has a tea like flavor. It is light and not sweet at all really. Wine is supposed to be a negative word in cupping, but in this coffee with its particularity, well, it is right. This is the same country that produces the red wine of teas, darjeeling, and this coffee has an odd balance to it all.

Maybe it comes from drying on the docks only to be drenched again by the monsoon wind and rains, only to dry again, and be monsooned again. The late acidity and medium body and rich texture. It is a strange brew, but one that made those first few hours on sore legs livable.

Try before you stock up with a 1/2 pound sample!

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryIndia
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessOther
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Altitude (meters)1,000-1,400
  • Brightness:4
  • Body:6
  • Aroma:2
  • Complexity:5
  • Balance:5
  • Sweetness:3
  • Spicy:heavy bean
  • Chocolaty:light bean
  • Nutty:-
  • Buttery:-
  • Fruity:-
  • Flowery:heavy bean
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:heavy bean
  • RegionChikmagalur, Karnataka, India
  • VarietyS795, S9, Catuai, Cauvery

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by on 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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by on November 30, 2021

Very smooth with a sweetness

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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on February 15, 2021

It’s ok

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by on 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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by on 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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by on December 7, 2020

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

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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on June 4, 2020

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

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by on April 29, 2020

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

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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on June 27, 2018

Still the best coffee in the world

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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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by on 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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