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Monthly Special #1:
City India Monsooned Malabar – Roast Date 8/3/2017 [Online Sale Price $13.75 /lb]
Years ago, Arabs exercised strict control on coffee beans leaving Arabia (only roasted or boiled). An Indian Muslim saint, Baba Budan while on a pilgrimage to Mecca, smuggled 7 unroasted coffee beans by tying them around his waist from Yemen to Mysore in India and planted them on the Chandragiri Hills now named after him. Number 7 is a sacrosanct number in Islamic religion, so the saint’s act was considered a religious act. Systematic cultivation soon followed Baba Budan’s first planting of the seeds in 1670.
The origins of Monsoon Malabar date back to the times of the British Raj, when during the months coffee beans were transported by sea from India to Europe, the humidity and the sea winds combined to cause the coffee to ripen from fresh green to a more aged pale yellow. Later, modern transportation reduced the length of travel time and the Europeans noticed a difference in the beans from days past. India began a process to replicate those conditions so the experience would be relived again. They noted the ambiance could be simulated along the Malabar coastal belt of southwest India during the monsoon months and so was born the “monsooning” ritual. Whole crop cherries are selected and sun dried in expansive barbecues, next cured, sorted and stored until the onset of monsoon. From June through September, the beans are exposed to moisture-laden monsoon winds in well ventilated areas for 12 to 16 weeks. This process involves careful handling, repeated spreading, raking and turning over in regular intervals. The beans absorb moisture and get significantly larger and turn a pale, golden color. (Wikipedia)
Sustaining Elements of Coffee’s selected beans are brought to the City Roast level. There is an earthy yet smooth flavor.
Roast – City
Body – Smooth to Balanced
Acidity – Low to Medium
Monthly Special #2
DARK Brazil Santos – Roast Date 8/3/2017 [Online Sale Price $13.75 /lb]
Brazil is the world’s largest producer of coffee. They have held this position for the last 150 years. The first coffee was grown by the native Americans. The first coffee bush was planted by Francisco de Melo Palheta in the state of Para in 1727. Initially, the Portuguese were unable to legally get seeds from bordering French Guiana due to its governor’s control of their seeds. Palheta was sent to French Guiana on a diplomatic mission and on his way back home, he managed to smuggle French Guiana seeds into Brazil by seducing the governor’s wife who secretly gave him a bouquet spiked with seeds. (Wikipedia)
Sustaining Elements of Coffee’s selection hails from the Santos region of Brazil. Santos, just outside the tropics, has a tropical rainforest climate. The Bourbon variety of Arabica is grown here. “Santos” refers to the port in Brazil where coffee passes through and is used as a grading term for Brazilian coffee and is regarded as higher quality than “Brazilian coffee”. The coffee is rich yet has a smoothness usually found in lighter roasts. You may find a pleasant cinnamon nuance and dark chocolate undertones.
Roast – French Roast (DARK)
Body – Balanced to Full
Acidity – Low to Medium