Green Monsoon Malabar Coffee Beans 5.0 stars, based on 4 reviews
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By Lizzie Powell

Green Monsoon Malabar Coffee Beans


Monsoon (monsooned) Malabar is the most famous of the monsooned coffee beans and is much sought after throughout the world. This ageing process adds a lot of spice and complexity to the bean, which is what gives the coffee its strikingly original flavour characteristics.


Monsooned Malabar is aged and dried slowly in the monsoon winds on the west coast of India. Laid in open-sided barns, the moisture laden winds from the Arabian Sea swell the exposed beans during the monsoon months of June to September.

It’s an interesting bean to roast. The ageing process means they look different in their raw form, older than the usual green beans that we see. We know it here in the roastery as “Mellow Yellow” as it’s green (raw) beans are actually yellow and not green. It’s also our second most popular coffee, so we roast a lot of it!

As with all our coffees, it can be brewed in all methods, but we think espresso is best to maintain its excellent crema.

Cup profile: Light to medium light Sweet and Fairly soft

When the beans arrive in the UK, we slow roast them meticulously in small batches until we reach the optimum roasted colours which makes the coffee appealing both to the palate and the eye.

Monsoon Malabar Arabica coffee beans are especially delicious as their light sweetness and rich body works wonders in all coffee brewers. The distinctive 'aged' spiciness is smooth and velvety, with a long and satisfying finish.


Roasting Notes

This is an amazing learning to roast coffee! It is the most audible coffee in the world to roast, but there is a sting in the tail. It carries on from first to second crack making a lot of noise over the whole process making it hard to quite understand where in the process you are.

Once roasted it has a tri-colour inconsistency typical of monsoon, so don't let the uneven colours make you feel your roast isn't right! Roast this by colour not by sound at the end or you won't be able to finish until its too late!! You will love roasting this exciting coffee, it blew my mind the first time I did it!



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I love Monsoon Malabar - I love the smell of the green beans, and I love its noisy patter when it's roasting. Interesting to hear about the tricolour thing - it is noticeable with this one, and it gives a nice complexity to the taste, maybe. A simple pan-roast, and you have plenty of time to observe that beautiful colour change while you stir - it's very free with its oils and produces a beautiful glossy sheen while still a light mahogany in shade. Drinking-wise, it has good gutsy punch in the front, and lovely acidity in the aftertaste. Really quite tempted to have my fourth cup today...Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]By Shakira Christodoulou
Date: Wednesday 11 March, 2020
Coffee Bean Shop Ltd reply: Hi Shakira,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful review :)
It must be really satisfying to complete the whole process resulting in a lovely cup!
Monsoon Malabar is definitely a firm favourite with all of us here at Coffee Bean Shop and has always proved popular with our customers, we look forward to seeing you on our order list again soon.
Best regards, The Bean Team.
Update on Green Monsoon Malabar - my husband bought me a £70 electric roaster from an online company and this is much better. The popcorn maker is too fast and roasts the outside of the bean before the inside is ready. The new roaster takes 20-30 mins to roast and the coffee is so much stronger that we have had to only use single expressos instead of double! Monsoon Malabar still gets a 5 star review and would get more if it were possible!Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]By Lindsey Stewart
Date: Tuesday 28 May, 2019
If you are searching for a really good tasting coffee try Monsoon Malabar.
I roast the green beans to a quite dark roast and the resulting flavour is fantastic.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]By Mark Carr
Date: Thursday 15 November, 2018
Very uneven roast using a popcorn maker however adding another 40 secs at the end of the first crack after allowing the machine to cool down for one minute got most of the coffee even. The shaking in a sieve brought the very pale ones to the surface so after roasting 3-4 batches I then re-roasted the pale ones for a full roast time in the popcorn maker. Excellent results really for an amateur roast.Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]By Lindsey Stewart
Date: Monday 28 May, 2018

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