Friday, October 10, 2014

Indian Monsooned Malabar Coffee by Coffee Direct

Indian Monsooned Malabar by Coffee Direct
Amazing! I could easily end this review of the Indian Monsooned Malabar Coffee by Coffee Direct right there and be happy. But, that wouldn't help you now, would it?

How can I be satisfied with a one word review? Simply stated, this is the best coffee I've ever sipped. I know that's pretty bold statement, but this is my "perfect coffee!" Read on and i'll explain.

Opening the bag, pleasant aromas of coffee, earth, cocoa and caramel hit my nose. Looking at the beans, they're at the city roast level and they're already showing some oily caramelization.

These beans come from India where they're exposed to the Monsoon winds for several months. The beans absorb moisture from the winds and take on their unique flavor qualities.

After grinding, the dry coffee gave off nearly the same aromas but the cocoa and caramel nuances were more pronounced. Wet, the coffee had strong, rich notes of caramel and hints of earthy cocoa. I sampled this coffee with two different brewing methods, pour-over and auto drip, with near identical results. The only real difference between the two methods was a bit more brightness in the pour-over.

When tasting the Indian Monsooned Malabar I found it to produce a defect free, clean cup with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and there were no tart or bitter tones present. While sipping I found the Malabar sweet, perhaps the sweetest coffee I've ever sampled, with prominent flavors of cocoa, caramel, earth and an underlying hint of charcoal.

There two other notable mentions about this coffee. I paired this coffee, with a bold cigar and had great results. You can read the pairing on CigarAndCoffee.guru. Then just for fun the kids used this coffee to make chocolate covered coffee beans. It was a fantastic flavor combination with the sweet caramel and cocoa flavored coffee.

There you have it. That's why I say this Indian Monsooned Malabar Coffee by Coffee Direct is nothing short of "amazing!"

Rated 95