The name 'Monsoon
Malabar' came about following an historical
event. When wooden cargo ships full
of Indian coffee beans headed for Europe
through the Cape of Good Hope, they
were exposed to heavy humidity and moist
sea winds on their sometimes long journeys.
The wooden hulls helped to develop a
number of qualities that were soon sought
after in coffee houses across Europe.
Quickly, Malabar coffees became renowned
for their rich, well developed heavy
body, muted acidity and complex flavors.
coffee is laid out in specially constructed,
open-sided warehouses, where it is exposed
to the monsoon winds. The rainy season
in India (Karnataka state, specifically)
begins in June, when the coffee is laid
out in these special
warehouses for several days, periodically
raked and turned, thus ensuring even
exposure and the prevention of mold
or other taints developing. After this
period, the coffee is bagged but is
still left in the open warehouse, with
the winds blowing through.
The results are
a very sweet, heavy bodied coffee with
low acidity. Lost Dutchman Coffee Roasters
sources the very finest Monsooned Malabar
coffee available anywhere. It is a local
favorite at our coffee house.