Monsoon Malabar (Aspinwall)
Coffee: Monsoon Malabar ( Aspinall)
Processing: Natural and monsooned
Owner: Various plantations
Altitude: 1000 -2000masl
CUP: Earthy, low acidity. Weird.
'Monsooning' is a process unique to India, with a long history and producing a distinctive, potent cup. It dates back to coffee farming under British colonial rule, when, during the several months it took to ship green coffee from India to Europe, the humidity and the sea winds caused the beans to swell and age.
With improved transport times, the coffee flavour started to change, but European customers wanted to keep the distinctive bold flavour.
These days new processes have been devised to replicate the conditions that produced this unique tasting coffee.