This is one of the better-known coffees from India, grown on the Malabar coast in Karnataka and Kerala. It is created by an unusual process called 'monsooning'. During the historic export of coffee beans from India to Europe, coffee was shipped in wooden boxes deep within the hold, exposing them to high humidity from the dampness caused by the wet monsoon weather. The raw coffee absorbed lots of moisture, swelled, turned a golden colour and developed a distinct deep flavour profile, with a heavy sweetness. As export practices improved to protect the beans from the weather, demand for this unusual coffee remained, so 'monsooning' is now a controlled process that takes place in factories on the Indian coast.
The coffee expresses the essence of India: caramel, spice, wood and leather, in a strong, aromatic drink that cuts through milk. It has a bold and pungent aroma with spicy/nutty tones. 100% Arabica beans.
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