Monsoon Malabar unroasted beans are yellowy brown, rather than the usual light green. This is because the beans are exposed to the monsoon rain and winds for a period of about three to four months, causing them to swell and lose their original acidity. The monsooning process makes this brew exceptionally smooth with a sweet, spicy kick. We feel that it works best as a medium roast as a cafetiere brew or a filter, making it perfect for an afternoon or after dinner coffee.
Before being exported from its originating country, processors use screens to sort it by size. The beans are sifted through screens, which are metal sheets with specifically sized, round holes punched into them. Screens are numbered 8 through 20, with the number referring to how many 64ths of an inch the holes are. For example, a size 8 screen has holes that are 8/64 inch wide, and a size 20 screen has holes that are 20/64 inch wide.
Estate: Various Highland Malabar Estates
Grade: AA, equal to SCR 17/18 (large beans, good quality)