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'
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.