Monsooned Malabar AA 4.6 stars, based on 8 reviews
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By Lizzie Powell

Monsooned Malabar AA


The mellow yellow coffee aged by winds from the Arabian Sea. See further product details below.


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.

What You Will receive

All of our coffee beans are freshly roasted by us at our traditional family-run coffee roastery in rural Kent. You will receive a bag of coffee that is very much a premium product, where the aromas and flavours will be exceptionally delicious and remarkably better than what you may be used to from the supermarket.

About Brewing This Coffee

This coffee works fantastically well in all brewing equipment, including espresso / cappuccino machines, cafetiere pots, paper / metal filter brewers, and Turkish brewers.


Region - Southern India—Karnataka, Western Ghats
Growing Altitude - 1,100–1,200 metres above sea level
Arabica Variety - Catimor
Typical Harvest Period - October–February
Milling Process - Monsooned
Aroma -  Spicy
Flavour  - Earthy, spicy, smoky
Body - Medium
Acidity - Medium

Cup Characteristics

Spicy, earthy, smoky, tobacco notes, wood notes, medium body, medium acidity.


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My two staple , go-to coffees are Colombian Bucaramanga and the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, but I like to try a new coffee with every order. Several have been lovely but not at the level of these two. The Malabar, though, is a real contender. Lighter but no less full of flavour. I certainly get the earthiness, but it's very much not 'peaty', which had been my concern. As a less fuller bodied (not a negative, just about what you want at a given time), but still robust and delicious coffee, this is right up there. I think my regular order just went up to 3 types...Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]By Nicholas Roberts
Date: Saturday 16 January, 2021
Coffee Bean Shop Ltd reply: Hi Nicholas,
Thank you for taking the time to share your review of our Monsoon Malabar (my personal favourite, go to coffee), we really appreciate your comments. Your favourite 3 coffees are certainly up there with our moct popular choices and I'm sure you'll enjoy sampling many more!
Best wishes Jenni & The Bean Team.
Extremely smooth, light tasting notes and easy to drink. One of a very limited number of coffees I can happily drink black. For the cost it's a bargain. Top quality service, top quality products. What more do you want from your friendly #coffeebeanshop will be purchasing again soon.

Personally it's able to compete with Jamaican blue, but obviously that's my personal opinion.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]By Daniel Johnson
Date: Tuesday 14 July, 2020
Coffee Bean Shop Ltd reply: Hi Daniel,
Thank you for taking the time to add your review of our Monsoon Malabar.
You are obviously a man of impecable taste - it's my favourite too :) Your description describes the Monsoon to a T!
Thank you once again and best regards,
Jenni & all The Bean Team.
We have been drinking this almost exclusively for many years as we find it simply the best coffee for our taste.
We use a bean to cup machine at present and it makes a lovely espresso with no bitterness.
Have previously used a burr grinder for simple coffee plungers.
Many of of friends have also converted after drinking at our house.
Coffee bean shop produces the best roasted beans for our taste as others we tried were roasted too darkly.
Keep up the good work.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]By keith miller
Date: Friday 24 May, 2019
I actually enjoy Monsoon Malabar though I buy green beans to roast.Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]By henry williams
Date: Friday 06 July, 2018
I found that this had a weak taste and was 'dusty' when put through a burr. Would suggest trying others.

*Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy this as much as you'd hoped to! Our Monsoon Malabar has a distinct "earthy" flavour due to the aging process.
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]By Graham Harrison
Date: Wednesday 21 February, 2018
A medium tasting coffee when made up as a latte, it packs a decent punch as a crema. With a nice soft back-taste I find this good for every day drinking.Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]By Gloria Booth
Date: Sunday 26 November, 2017
I usually buy the 5 bag promo to try a variety of coffees but this Monsooned Malabar has become one of my favourites so I order more of this each time too. Although a round smooth medium flavour (and I normally prefer a bigger flavour to get me going in the morning) this wonderful soft nuttiness still sets me up for the day and I find myself going back for even more - not because I need the caffeine but because I like it so much! I was more than disappointed that I could find no decent coffee when I went to India so thank you Coffee Bean Shop for stocking it!Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]By William Ford-Young
Date: Tuesday 14 November, 2017
I have been a long standing customer of the Coffee Bean Shop and the service has always been fantastic! It may also be worth noting I have never had an issue with any of my orders!

The Monsooned Malabar has been a firm favourite for some time now and I can't believe that this coffee has not yet been reviewed.

This really is a great coffee time after time and is very consistent every time I order! The beans produce a lovely crema and is wonderful as an espresso. A bold, full tasting coffee with a nice kick! Don't have too many though or you'll be buzzing all day!

I highly recommend you try this if you haven't already.... your missing out!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]By James Garibbo
Date: Monday 04 September, 2017

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