India Malabar 'Monsooned Voyage' Coffee

In the 1600s, coffee beans traveled in cargo holds, sometimes for up to six months, from India to Europe on slow sailing ships; they were stowed away in wet, damp conditions with no access to fresh air or sunlight. By the time they arrived in Europe, they were swollen and yellowed; the Europeans, not knowing any different, brewed and enjoyed them. They loved the sweetly fermented brew that had intriguing earthy and well balanced flavors.

Since the beans are no longer subject to dark, long voyages across the sea, the conditions have been recreated. Monsooning is a 16-week, wet process method that recreates the conditions of a sea voyage to produce distinctive tasting coffee. At a medium roast, India Malabar 'Monsooned Voyage' is a very distinctive coffee that yields a top-grade brew. It is known for its light body, gentle tanginess, and mellow, soft flavor, and unforgettable aroma.
This Indian coffee is uniquely processed by the elements of nature creating a taste that is distinct to all other Indian coffees. Medium-roasted, this top-grade coffee displays a light body with moderate acidity. It has mellow and soft flavors of earthen tones to give it a rich smoothness and a delightful, heavy body.
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4.5 Stars based on 40 Review(s)
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Nice, Rich Flavor
December 17, 2015
I tried a bag of this roast because my Indian friend is from the Malabar region of India. She liked it very much. We usually drink the Guatemalan Antigua variety but find this much richer. I usually add organic, unsweetened cocoa and find that it enhances the flavor of the Malabar coffee much more than the Guatemalan. It's a keeper, but I still have six pounds left of the Antigua!

New York, New York
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Still One Of The Best
November 20, 2015
I love to experiment with all the different single-origin beans this site has to offer. There are many that I enjoy, but in between periods of experimentation, I always come back to the Monsoon. It doesn't smell like coffee per se. It smells like you've walked into a South Asian spice shop. The overall taste is generally sweet, but with some sharp spice, like molasses with cayenne. Unlike Brazil, which produces milky, delicate notes, this brew is very, very dense. I often drink freshly roasted beans black, but for this I'd recommend just a slight drop of milk, enough to make the muddy black/brown color change to a stained mahogany. The sweetness of the milk settles the spiciness. It's the kind of coffee that you feel your body waking up as it goes down.

Manhattan Beach, CA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Stuff
November 4, 2015
Got hooked when I first had "moonsooned" coffee from another roaster. They discontinued it and I was thrilled to find CoffeeAM had it. It has a unique aftertaste that I really like. I think it is a smooth but strong coffee with good body. I think everyone has different tastes in coffee but I really like this one and recommend it. I have ordered about 20 pounds (5 pound bags) of it from CoffeeAM so far and did not have the inconsistency problems mentioned in some of the other comments. It has been consistently good and fresh! However, as with every agricultural product some variance is always possible.

Stephen McGuire
Mt Sterling, KY
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Excellent Coffee Choice
September 21, 2015
The coffee is great. It smells just as wonderfully as it tastes, even before brewing.

Sean Gallagher
Stevens, PA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Would highly recommend
July 18, 2015
Absolutely delicious

Newport News, Virginia
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

September 27, 2014
This coffee is strong but not in the typical sense. It has a very unique taste perhaps due to it's special "voyage" fermentation process. This is a coffee that drinks like a meal. It's not for the weak palette, but coffee connoisseurs and the morning-regular alike will enjoy the change of pace offered by this coffee. It is full bodied, very full bodied which may give a different impression of perhaps a darker roast, even though it's roasted as a medium. It has hints of tobacco and char as well as a bit of a nutty flavor (and even texture) in the mouth. Honestly, I'v had this coffee during my treks across India, but I have found that the beans on offer from CoffeeAM are of better quality than those I've had in India (so that's really saying something). This is me and my wife's "regular" coffee, although it's not particularly good iced, so we tend to go through more of it in the Winter and Fall (great Fall coffee!). Also, a fine ground scoop or two in a brownie mix will take those brownies to the next level, and give it a bitter kick that matches well with chocolate. Nothing better than a slice of coffee brownie and a tall cup of India Monsoon coffee together :) I would recommend, but warn that it may be a bit more for those who like a dark roast rather than a medium. It's our favorite.

The Crossroads of America
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

nothing not to like!
September 18, 2014
I have tried other Malabars before this one. While I liked some things about one or the other, none were particularly special. Fast-forward to my discovering CoffeeAM and reveling in the myriad of single-origin beans; like a kid in a candy store! When I spotted their India Malabar, I knew it was time to give this coffee another chance. As usual, CoffeeAM doesn't disappoint. Smooth, almost praline-like mouth feel. Slightly sweet, fermented (in a good way) notes follow, finishing with smokey, walnut flavors. This a bold bean that has become my new coffee of choice. I'd put it up against any Yemen or Hawaiian varietal I’ve had; at half the price, it's a steal.

Gum Tree, Pennsylvania
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

May 5, 2014
I saw a program on the Discovery Channel that mentioned "Monsoon Malabar" being used in a kind of Rum. It piqued my interest, so I bought some. Delicious, smooth and easy on my stomach. I've, so far anyway, always felt the cup went too fast. I was wishing it was twice as big a Cup.

Ewen macdonald
S.e. Michigan
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

We'll worth it!!!!!!!
April 12, 2014
Super smooth no bite great flavor , this doesn't get waisted down the drain.

Just me
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great coffee
March 5, 2014
Love this coffee smooth yet full body

College Station, TX
3 Stars

February 26, 2014
We had fallen in love with this after the first 2 lbs. we bought separately, and decided to make it our main brew. We ordered the 5 lb. bag and it was a huge disappointment. It's difficult to believe we got the same coffee as our previous two small orders.

Oceanside, California
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

One of my Favorites
January 6, 2014
I got this in the World Tour Sampler Pack. All though everything was delicious, something about this particular bean, and roast stood out. It was very delicious, and i have since purchased 2 more bags as gifts for friends who love it.

3 Stars

So So...
December 27, 2013
I was expecting more from this unusual coffee since it's processed for 16 weeks to recreate its original uniqueness. A fair cup to be sure but Coffee AM offers far superior choices.

Tacoma Wa
3 Stars

December 3, 2013
We thought this coffee tasted rather flat and uninteresting.

Indianapolis, IN
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Pretty darn good
November 20, 2013
I prefer my Indian coffee to be a little brighter and more acidic than this, but since I haven't been able to find that for years, this is just fine. Full-bodied and smooth, with that distinctive roasty/nutty Indian flavor, this is not my every day coffee but is a very nice change of pace.

Greene, R.I.
3 Stars

not bad
September 10, 2013
I tried the Malabar, and its not bad if you like strong coffee, I prefer a lighter roast but figured I would give it a try. its a more full bodied than I liked. so I used less beans and it made it better.,so far this coffee has been my least favorite . but all the others I've tried have been awesome!!!

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

July 1, 2013
First time i've tasted this bean & I'll be back for more interesting history check it out billw....

Maya Tarim
Uncasville, connecticut
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Coffee from India is best in the world
June 24, 2013
Coffee AM Is the only source I know of good Indian coffee. Service is always prompt and reliable.

Brandon, Vermont
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

unique and delicious
June 10, 2013
Really enjoyed the special flavor of this coffee grown in monsoon season. Smooth and distinctive-I will look forward to its next availability!

Mexico Doug
Sun Belt
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

An opinionated coffee
April 27, 2013
I gave 4 stars, but really this coffee will have two groups of people with no one on the fence. That would be a 2-3 star group and a five+ star group. So be sure before you order that the coffee that your palate appreciates: * strength - no mistake, this IS coffee and not some other mellow look-alike * "earth tones" = strength of mud to some but!: = sensory kick with lingering, neutral grind taste (like a delicious coffee mouthwash) * acidity is swamped by different tastes caused by post-harvest treatment in the elements * medium roast might fool you with these beans to think it was taken further - it wasn't The exposure to the elements of this coffee actually starts a subset of changes before roast which are somewhat realated to roasting with a hint of fermentation thrown in. Don't be scared by the word fermentation, some of the costliest coffees undergo selective fermentation to get their distinct flavors and this is controlled. But it moves the final tones completely and I believe give the medium roast some characteristics normally found by roasting slightly longer. Hidden in this coffee is a sweetness caused by a somewhat greater expression of smaller sugars before roast (from the fermentation in the monsooning), though a bitter tone develops at the same time. So it is not really a 'bitter' coffee, but rather a coffee that comes across with stong tones across the board. If you are bitter intolerant, I doubt you'll like it, though. I think it would be fun to have two fresh cups of coffee - this and a mild Kona side by side, start with the Kona and then zing yourself with this one midway to really appreciate the differences in coffees. I bet people that love the taste of beer would enjoy this coffee but that is just some idle mulling. I don't particularly go for such enhanced tones, but I highly recommend you try it once to see since in my case it had me taste just how diverse coffees can be. Perhaps on a dreary London morning when the fish and chips are blah, this would be just the cup to kick off a boring day.

Fairfax, VA
3 Stars

Not as flavorful as I thought
April 27, 2013
I was a bit disappointed with the medium to weak flavor, but then I like strong coffee a lot. Some of my friends did like it just because of its not being as strong.

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Cup of Coffee!
April 18, 2013
great smooth cup of coffee and the low acidity was a plus.

Judy Colella
United States
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

April 18, 2013
This was the most unusual - and pleasurable - experience I've ever had with coffee. The flavor is rich, almost earthy, smooth and delicious. The grounds are, in fact, somewhat moist and it brews beautifully. I've already recommended it to all my coffee-loving friends and acquaintances, and encourage everyone to try at least order of this unique, lovely beverage.

Charlotte, NC
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Very respectable
January 21, 2013
As low-acid coffees go, this one is a notch above, with better balance, and smooth without sacrificing flavor. Did not find this coffee bitter or harsh.

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

India Monsooned Malabar
August 5, 2012
I have tried almost every coffe you have and this one is going to the top of my list. Love the aroma and the aftertaste of the coffee. Perfect.

1 Stars

Over-roasted (burnt), oily beans
July 20, 2012
I was impressed with easy ordering and fast shipping. Unfortunately, the black, oily beans I received smelled and looked like something you'd buy at Starburnt. I purchase India Monsooned locally each week from a fresh roaster in the city. I have also enjoyed it from another fresh roaster in Boston. My local shop was out so decided to try somewhere else. Normally, the smell of the beans make my mouth water when I open the bag and they are a beautiful toasty brown color and dry. This product, has a horribly bitter and over roasted smell and taste. I use a French Press and tried grinding the beans even more coarsely but to no avail. The unique earthy flavor that I love was replaced with a sour, bitter taste. Extreme bummer.

Scott Nichols
Northern Virginia
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Smooth low acidity
July 7, 2012
Really liked this due to it being low acidity, was having health issues with high acidity coffees and was searching for a low acidic like this one. Will continue to drink coffee has I have done for many years, especially with all the health benefits there are of consuming coffee.

4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Smooth and Exotic
June 3, 2012
This coffee has a little bit more of a stronger flavor than most medium roasts but it is smooth and great tasting. Probably my 2n or 3rd favorite.

Gary Parcells
Otto, NC
3 Stars

Too sharp
June 2, 2012
It is quite acetic, though drinkable. An interesting flavor, but I prefer a more mellow taste.

Hanoch Cohen
Rochester, New York
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

A Treasure
February 25, 2012
Few people are aware of 'monsooned' coffee, and even fewer have visited the fearsome Malabar Coast of India. Enjoy this superior coffee; there is nothing like it in the world.

Debora Hadeen
Slidell, Louisiana
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Coffee is wonderfully smooth
February 22, 2012
The coffee was a gift to a special friend who had tasted this coffee in the past and found it to be smooth and strong. I found this one and hoped that it would match his memory of that earlier coffee. He found it to be exactly how he remembered it. My taste of it was also smooth and strong with low acidity. Will purchase more. There was an issue with the delivery - FedEx did not pick up the order quick enough. CoffeeAM did refund the expedited shipping costs and will take the matter up with FedEx.

3 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Good but....
February 20, 2012
I enjoyed it, and yet it was missing something. I can't help but wonder if a little more roast on the beans might develop the flavors more. Nice fruitiness, just wish it was more.

1 Stars

NOt what was expected
January 7, 2012
Harsh........just don't like it, period.

Gainesville, FL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Kick starts my day
January 6, 2012
This was absolutely fabulous, nice and strong.

Hillsborough, NJ
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Earthy and exotic
November 15, 2011
With a creamy richness, low acidity and an earthy flavor this is my favorite bean. I use this to produce artisanal biscotti for my customers.

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

A deliciously earthy yet creamy and smooth coffee.
September 23, 2011
I have been in love with Indian Monsooned Malabar coffee for the last 15 years. Very hard to find, and under appreciated. You will love this coffee. And the price is phenomenal!

Tulsa, OK
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Auromatic and full. Wonderful favor.
September 20, 2011
I typically like a coffee that is full bodied but not acidic. This one hits the spot perfectly. This variety and Indian My Sore are my favorites.

Stonington, CT
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

August 17, 2011
I love this coffee. It's always on my reorder list.

Killeen, TX
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

My Favorite Daily Coffee
February 17, 2011
I absolutely love this coffee. I drink it practically every day. It has low acidity, and CoffeeAM roasts it just right so the full body flavor of the bean is brought out. The source and the roast obviously make this coffee. I have had other monsooned malabar coffees, but they just haven't matched up to this company's product.

Matt Kauffman
Macon, MO
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

November 5, 2009
Indian Malabar was the feature "drip" coffee in the cafe I used to own. I still use it at home to this day. If you are looking for a bean just on the dark side of medium (my favorite) you will not find a better coffee

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