Indian Monsooned Malabar Dark

COFFEE DETAILS:


region

Chikmagalur

farm/Co-op

Small family owned farms

elevation

3280 – 4595 ft

process

Monsooned

varietal

Selection 275, Selection 9, Catuai and Cauvery

tasting highlights

Cedar, Spiced Nuts, Cocoa

Coffee Story:

Indian Monsoon Malabar is sourced from several family owned farms, located in the growing region of Chikmagalur. This region is within the southern state of Karnataka, India. As coffee folklore reads, an Indian Muslim saint named Baba Budan, was instrumental in the introduction of this most important crop to the mountains and hillsides of India. While returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, Baba Budan smuggled seven coffee beans (by hiding them in his beard) from Yemen to Mysore in India and that is said to be the beginning of coffee propagation in this country.

Many of the farms here have been in operation for close to 100 years, passed down through the family from one generation to the next. These third and fourth generation producers are caring environmental stewards who grow their coffee under shade and have diversified their farms with intercropping peppers, cardamom and oranges throughout their coffee. Care is taken to select fully ripened cherries that are naturally sun dried and then hulled.

“Monsooning” of the coffee occurs when the green processed coffee is transported to the Malabar coastal city of Mangalore during the rainy monsoon months (June – August) and spread out on long covered patios where the coffee can slowly absorb moisture, causing it to swell and turn white. The swollen white coffee is placed in warehouses where it is constantly turned and moved until the moisture is reduced to 11 percent, a safe exportable moisture. This processing lends to exquisite and unique flavors, which are a favorite to many.

$9.20/12oz

Coffee Bucks:
12oz earns 5%
5lbs earns 10%
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