Whittard Monsoon Malabar Coffee
We've had a Monsoon Malabar before from Waitrose, and we didn't like it, so we're not expecting much here. The package seems to suggest that a toffish bird can take it, where as a chavvy parrot will be left reeling from this bad boy. The initial smell off of the cup is what we expected - filthy, dirty and harsh. So you kind of hold your nose before diving in - but initial gulps would have you believe that this one 'aint bad! Strong - yes - but not quite such a filth-monger as the name would suggest. As you go down the cup though, the after taste on the tongue builds up and the grinds from the bottom well up and start to choke you. It's just about OK, but only for serious coffee fans. The average parrot best stick to his millet. 6/10
"An exotic favourite, matured in the monsoon storms. One of our best-loved and exotic coffees. Legend has it that during the long, humid voyages from the Malabar Coast to Europe the cargoes of coffee beans mellowed and lost their acidity, gaining a pale heavy sweetness, which proved an unexpected hit. Today to achieve that same taste beans are exposed to the Monsoon winds until they ripen and mellow. The resulting coffee has a monotone smoothness with a sweet spicy kick."