Episode Four Indian Monsoon Malabar 27th October 2008

So called because 'Monsoon' coffees are stored in special warehouses in the port town of Malabar until the monsoon season comes around. The sides of the structure are then opened allowing the moist monsoon winds to circulate around the picked green beans making them swell in size and take on a mellowed, yet aggressive, musty flavour. They turn very pale in colour and become brittle. Monsoon Malabar is difficult to roast, but that's our problem. You'll get the most unusual tasting coffee that we've found so far.

We have been shown many different Monsoon Malabar coffee samples that are not to my liking. This one is by far one of the very best I've ever tasted, grown by our friend Fiaz Moosakutty who pays great care and attention to it, and you can taste that in the cup.

Not everyone's bag this one, though I know that some of you adore it, and for you this will be one of the greatest examples of this coffee.

Medium to Dark Roast.


  • 27 October 2008, 9:59 pm

    Michael Ballard says:

    I’m shure these video blogs are very interesting but they are of no use to people like myself who are unable to get Broadband.

  • 27 October 2008, 10:18 pm

    Hi Michael

    I’m hoping to have all this on itunes very soon which will mean you can download them over night on a dial up connection to get around this. Hopefully that will be really soon.

  • 28 October 2008, 7:52 am

    Matt says:

    Wiggles, mugs and demitasse…I love it!

    Getting there with the dowloads, upside down connection mate… ;)

    What do you mean Malabar is challenging! LOL Anyway my suggestion is a live demonstraion of roasting…on a Whirley Pop!

  • 28 October 2008, 2:15 pm

    Mac Baker says:

    I enjoyed the blog and I’m sure they’ll only improve as you get more used to being in front of the camera.
    You need to improve the sound quality and a clip on lavalier microphone is probably your best method (I’ve been a pro musician all my life and spent a LOT of time recording)
    The other thing might be to record the close-ups of beans etc. separately and edith them in after.
    I just finished my first mug of your ridiculously good Rwanda Mugombwa Cooperative, blimey my mouth is beside itself with pleasure!

    Keep up the good work Steve


    Mac Baker

  • 28 October 2008, 2:40 pm

    Thanks Mac. The sound I’m hoping will be sorted next time as I’ve just took delivery of a new camera. The one I have doesn’t have the ability to plug in a mic.The new one doesn’t either but has a much better mic on it. I’ll see how it works out.

    I may try and record it on my computer as I have a great Sampson USB mic see how that works out.

    Thanks for the feedback please keep it coming

  • 28 October 2008, 3:48 pm

    Martin Povoas says:

    Steve.. great job, being a newbie to coffee, this is just what I needed… really enjoyed your enthusiasm, so much so, viewed all previous clips. I’m using at the moment the classic Bialetti mocha pot, with your coffee’s … and as with your coffees, these vid clips are great, keep the good work up.

  • 28 October 2008, 9:04 pm

    coffee luva says:

    “Michael Ballard said …..
    I’m shure these video blogs are very interesting but they are of no use to people like myself who are unable to get Broadband.”

    I think Stephen is doing a great job at sharing his knowledge and love of coffee with us.
    It’s not his fault that you haven’t got broadband.

    Loving your work, looking forward to the next blog.

  • 29 October 2008, 12:20 am

    Mac Baker says:

    Further to my earlier post, it may be possible to record sound separately and synch them on your computer, digital recorders are really cheap now. The sound is suffering more from the distance of the microphone which has the effect of involving the room acoustic. This is naturally bright with all the reflective surfaces.
    I’ll ponder……

  • 30 October 2008, 9:25 am

    Jonathan Campbell says:

    Hi Steve,

    This is the first of your clips that I have watched, having clicked on the link in your newsletter.

    I’m impressed. Your presenting style is good because (and it seems appropriate to use a coffee term here) it blends your own opinion of Monsoon Malabar with some useful background on this coffee variety and what newcomers to it can expect.

    My girlfriend and I watch a lot of cookery shows (mostly dross, I know) and I think you’d be great on the BBC’s Something for the Weekend, perhaps doing a slot similar to the one that guy Wayne does about cocktails. Coffee is one thing that the show is missing and it seems so obvious, given the huge amounts of it we consume in the UK and people’s gradual awakening to the fact that there’s more to life than instant (sorry for mentioning that hateful stuff).

    But back to your clip. You do need to improve the sound quality (the volume is very low and everything goes a bit crackly when I turn it up) and, perhaps more importantly, you should angle the camera down a bit so we get to see less ceiling and more of the interesting stuff on the worktop that you’re speaking about.

    Close-ups of the coffee would help but perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves here when really we should just be thankful that someone who knows what they’re talking about is posting these clips online for enthusiasts at all.

  • 31 October 2008, 12:53 am

    Marmite coffee, that’s funny! This Yank gets it. But while Marmite makes me gag, I’m happy to get the occasional batch of Monsooned. It’s a nice switch, and I agree, it does very well when roasted dark. Thanks for talking about it.

    Nice video Steve, keep ‘em coming. Have a great weekend.

  • 31 October 2008, 6:03 pm

    Really good Steve. I’ve given you a link on Asides on the blog, keep it up.

  • 6 November 2008, 3:26 pm

    Julian says:

    Nicely done. Each episode gets better and better. I’m looking forward to watching more episodes so keep them coming!

    My two cents: It may be a good idea to edit in the closeups later instead of walking to the camera to make it look a bit slicker. (until you can afford a full-time cameraman, that is)

  • 30 November 2008, 3:52 pm

    I think we can tell what you did as a kid, mouthfuls of earth and worms. ;)

  • 3 January 2009, 8:06 pm

    niall dewar says:

    Its funny that you don’t even like monsoon malabar. I only started drinking after getting it from your site, and its brilliant every time!

    Well done ! and keep up the podcasts! No other coffee supplier has your honesty or good taste!

  • 12 January 2009, 9:47 pm

    Wow, it’s so interesting that you don’t really like monsoon malabar, I just got some delivered here and it is just soooooooo fantastic!I mean really ecstaticly fantastic :) I’m glad you select your beans and roasting objectively and you do that well..
    Please keep selling dark and non acidic beans because it makes me soooo happy…

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