Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Indian Arabica from Monsoon Coffee & Tea Company

Indian Arabica from Monsoon Coffee & Tea
This sample of Indian Arabica from Monsoon Coffee & Tea arrived in the mail a couple of days ago and since Monsooned Malbar is one of my favorites, I am pretty excited to give this roast a try.

Once the bag was opened there was an immediate aroma of nuts and cocoa radiating from within. After grinding the medium roast beans, the nutty cocoa aroma was still present but there were added hints of spice.

For this review I used the pour-over brewing method and just to hone my skills, I did a cupping. Normally I don't do much cupping. Why?  because I'm a coffee sipper, not a coffee roaster and I want pass on to you how a coffee sips.

Doing the pour-over, the wet coffee gave off pleasant notes of sweet, warm bread with that same hint of spice found earlier. From the cup, the first sips had notes of sweet nuts and cocoa. As the coffee cooled, the notes of cocoa became more pronounced, the natural sugars develop and notes of earth appear.

Doing the cupping, the wet coffee had the same notes of warm bread, nuts and spice, but it all changed once the crust was broken. After the break, spice became the prominent aroma, with subtle notes of coco and nuts underneath. Sipping from the spoon is where the real difference appears, while the cocoa is still present, the nutty flavor changes to pecans, plus there is a pleasant lingering nutty pecan aftertaste.

Hot, this Indian Arabica coffee, is sweet, slightly brisk, yet well balanced with zero tartness or bitterness plus there's a clean, refreshing palate wash. As the coffee cools, a buttery smooth syrupiness develops, the sweetness increases and the flavors deepen.

I found this Indian Arabica from Monsoon Coffee & Tea Company to produce a clean cup with no defects and an overall complex and rewarding sipping experience. Give these beans a try, you won't go wrong!

Rated 93

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