A delightfully nutty coffee named after the unique aging process used. The story begins in the earliest days of coffee in Europe. Green coffee beans would spend months in the hulls of wooden ships as they sailed around the Cape of Africa, on their way to Rotterdam or London. This long exposure to humid tropical breezes would mellow out the beans by greatly reducing their acidity, producing a unique taste. Once modern steamers took over and ocean voyages were dramatically reduced because of the Suez Canal, transit times were reduced to weeks. The special flavour was lost, but not forgotten.
To reproduce those flavours, beans grown in the Ghat Mountains on the south west coast of the Indian peninsula, are held in special warehouses that expose them to the humid monsoon winds through special doors. The beans are constantly turned to control exposure and guard against contamination. It is a very labour intensive process. We purchase only AA "Super" grade beans to insure we are getting genuine "Monsooned" beans as there is a lot more Monsooned sold than is actually produced. There is little organic or Fairtrade coffee grown in India. Indian plantations generally combine careful, intensive cultivation techniques with multi-layer fruit and nut tree canopies to protect the coffee bushes.
Our roaster has decided to roast these beans lightly to produce a beautiful deep and nutty flavour. We want to make sure the unique flavour of these beans is fully exposed and not lost to "roast".
Many people who have come to us troubled by coffee acidity have greatly enjoyed this coffee.
Coffee was smooth and delicious - the fact that it was low acid was an added plus for my bad heartburn!