Indian Monsoon Malabar

Indian Monsoon Malabar Coffee Beans

Indian Monsoon Malabar Coffee Beans

Indian Monsoon Malabar Coffee

Monsooned Malabar is also known as Monsoon Malabar Coffee which originates from the Indian region Malabar in the states of Karnataka and Kerala.

The Coffee Growing industry for export from India began under British Colonial Rule during the time of the Raj, when the produce was transported by wooden sailing vessels around the Cape of Good Hope to British and European ports.

During the six months journey, it took for the cargo in a vessel to reach the intended destination, the coffee beans would suffer the consequences of weather and sea conditions. The coffee beans would swell to about twice their original size and change in colour from green to yellow.

By consequence, there was a positive effect on the quality of the coffee as those original journeys accidentally imparted a wonderful deep spiciness to the coffee. The Malabar Indian coffee became a firm favourite in Britain for its deep cup profile.

As wooden sailing vessels were replaced by steel-hulled steam vessels, the coffee beans from India were spared the damp conditions, which had a marked change on the characteristics and flavour of the coffee that was landed on European shores.
Consumers of the beverage noticed and hankered after the original signature flavours and tones.

A Process was Devised to Replicate the Journey of the Coffee Beans

To satisfy the demands of European consumers, a process was devised to replicate the conditions that the coffee beans endured during a six months-long voyage in a damp wooden sailing ship.

  • The harvested coffee beans would be transported to the Indian Coast and stored in barns to wait for the Monsoon storm season.
  • When the season began, the side of the barns would be raised to allow the content of the barns to be affected by the damp conditions.
  • The coffee beans would be spread on raised platforms in the barns in layers of about 4 to 6 inches thick. During the weeks of the Monsoon weather, they would be constantly turned.
  • After the season ended, the coffee would be allowed time to dry and be bagged to be stored for export
  • This process was very effective in replicating the original treatment of the beans on their long voyage back to Britain in wooden sailing vessels.

Indian growers have continued to use the process to replicate the original production of Indian Monsoon Malabar and will continue to do so in the future.

 

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Making Coffee in a French Press – Easy

Making Coffee in a French Press

Making Coffee in a French Press is an Easy and Economical Method for Beginners

So you are new to making coffee from freshly ground beans? Making coffee in a French Press is an economical and easy way for a beginner fresh coffee drinker to get going. You are able to make a quality drink without investing in expensive coffee machines.

Making Coffee in a French Press produces very rich, aromatic and tasty coffee. It uses coarsely ground coffee that basically steeps in the brewing water for several minutes allowing all the flavours to fully extract from the coffee grinds.

Making Coffee in a French Press

For the best results, it is advisable to use whole coffee beans in either single – origin or blended coffee beans, according to your tastes and use a coffee grinder to grind them to the correct grind for this procedure.

Because of the filtering system in a French Press, there is always some sediment that is liable to settle at the bottom of the cup which you may not like.

A French press coffee maker has two parts: a straight-sided container usually made of glass, and a filter-plunger that pushes through the water to filter out the coffee after it has steeped. This plunger also serves as the lid. There are some models of French Press that are insulated which is good for keeping things hot while it steeps.

To brew coffee with a French Press, you should preheat the carafe while you boil your water. It is preferable to use a water filter to prepare your water and be rid of any chemicals used for purification of the water supply to your home.

There are Two Procedures to Follow With a French Press

1. The Most Common

  • When the water has boiled and you are ready to proceed, empty the carafe, add your coffee, and then add your brewing water.
  • You may wish to stir the coffee grinds around to be sure all of them are in contact with water. You should now put the plunger/lid on the pot to help retain heat. DO NOT press it down yet, it needs to steep for about four minutes (a little more or less depending on the coarseness of the grind).
  • Once you feel the coffee has brewed enough, slowly depress the plunger trapping the grounds on the bottom. Do not force the plunger. If it doesn’t want to go down, simply lift the plunger up slightly and try again. The filter can jam on grinds that are too fine. Just take your time and it will work. The reason for the slow action is to prevent stirring up the coffee grounds an have them ending up in your cup. Simply not what you want to happen for your first thing in the morning waker-upper!

 

2. Adding an Intermediate Step

This is the method that the coffee aficionado’s follow when making coffee in a french press:

Don’t fill the French Press when you add the water. Just add enough to cover the coffee grounds and leave them to soak for four minutes. If you watch the video included on this page, this is approximately the process followed.

  • Return when the four minutes have passed to stir gently and remove any husks and particles that have floated to the top.
  • Then proceed to fill with the remaining hot water.
  • Leave for eight minutes while preparing your breakfast!
  • Only then return to depress the plunger slowly.

Following this method, the dreaded sludge at the bottom of the cup is prevented and the result will benefit best from extracting the flavours and tones of the beans you have used.

Despite there being many different opinions on this, it is usually best to decant the coffee into an insulated serving pot. If you leave the coffee in the French Press it will remain in contact with the grinds and keep brewing. This will quickly ruin your coffee.

The most important reason to pour your coffee off is to keep it warm. French Press pots are not well insulated and coffee cools off very quickly if they are of the glass cylinder variety.  That’s why in recent years double-walled stainless steel  French presses have become available. If you are setting out I suggest you get one of these, which won’t be too much more of spend to do.

Experiment with the brewing time and coarseness of the grind when you’re making coffee in a french press until you get the result that you prefer as your drink in the morning.

Once you’ve done that you will have some of the tastiest coffee making sessions to enjoy using your French Press Coffee Maker.

 

A Video about Using Your French Press Coffee Maker

 

Of course, life gets busy and the morning rush to get done and leave the house may make this too slow a process to follow.

Instead of making coffee in a French Press, you may want to consider investing in a fully automatic grind and brew coffee machine. That way you can set and forget it in advance and have it all ready to pour when you are done with the morning chores and ready to enjoy your coffee before the days’ work begins.

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Grind and Brew Coffee Machines

Grind and Brew Coffee Machines
Grind and Brew Coffee Machines
Grind and Brew Coffee Machines for the Home

It won’t matter how rich, expensive or high quality your coffee beans are, they won’t produce the best flavour if the grinding isn’t right. There is more than one type of grinder on the market and when evaluating grind and brew coffee machines, you will want to pay careful attention to the grinder. Grinding before you brew is a vital process. Enter the grind and brew coffee machine to make life easy when you want that perfect cup of coffee in the morning. Get to know how your grind and brew coffee machine is made up to work effectively. So here is how it works!

 

The Grinding Component of a Coffee Machine

Some grinders come with blades and some have burr type grinders. The general consensus among coffee growers is that the burr type is best. The blades tend to cut the coffee in a way that doesn’t release the best flavour. On the other hand, 2” burrs will gently chop the beans into a well ground consistency that will enhance the bean’s flavour. The objective here is a fine, consistent grind. If you can buy a machine with a conical burr system, you will have further improvement in the quality of your brew.

 

The Coffee Brewer Component of a Coffee Machine

The second aspect of combination grind and brew coffee machines is the brewing component. This will consist of a water reservoir, a filter and the cup or pot area to catch the hot coffee.

Brewers come with a thermostat to heat water to the perfect temperature. Filter areas can hold a filter designed to hold enough grounds to make a full pot or have single serving filters.

The most important part of the brewing side of things to consider is how well the water is filtered as well as the coffee. If tap water is used and contains minerals, there must be a water filtration system to avoid having chemicals or minerals change the taste of the coffee. You could, of course, use filtered water, but in combination units, convenience is the goal.

 

Combining the Coffee Brewer Component & Grinder in the Machines

Combination units have taken the best grinders and best brewers and put them conveniently together and are also known as bean to cup coffee machines.

Many of these combo units have timers so you can program them to grind and brew just minutes before you are ready to enjoy the coffee. This freshly ground and brewed coffee can be waiting for you and begin the process as you sleep. You will wake up to the aroma and flavours that will help you start your day just right.

There are various sizes and styles of combination coffee machines. Depending on the recipe (Espresso, Latte, etc) or if you plan to make more single-cup drinks than pots, you can right the model for your needs.

 

Automatic or Super Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machines?

In addition to comparing features, you will want to compare your personal needs to the machine’s abilities. For example, the super-automatic Espresso machines or Cappuccino Machines are designed for the busiest people.

As bean to cup coffee machines, they go from stone cold to a freshly brewed cup of coffee in a matter of minutes. There is also a cleanup time to factor in. With super automatic styles, there is no clean up so you can save even more time with these models.

 

 

Conclusion

  1. The basic formula for the perfect, freshest brew then, is to begin with the beans.
  2. Select a flavour from around the world that appeals to you.  (See our online coffee store)
  3. Next, make sure you retain that flavour by grinding it with a burr style grinder (not usually found at your local grocery store) to ensure the texture is just right for brewing.
  4. Then brew with pure water and a good filter that won’t change the flavour.

Grind and brew coffee machines with all of these features will do the job. The rest of the features, such as timers, automatic cleaning, etc. will just be foam on your latte!

 

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The Journey to Specialty Coffee

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Coffee – The Excitement of its Development from Ordinary to Specialty Coffee

 

We don’t see as much plain coffee these days as we used to. What could be the reason for it? It’s probably because it is very easy these days to brew up a cup of gourmet or specialty coffee for your family, friends, and acquaintances.

There are now coffee clubs and coffee social areas where coffee is taking on the look of a social group. These meeting places can take place within the shops and community or on the Internet to rate special coffees or blended coffee experiments.

Gone are the days when you just went to a coffee shop to get a normal cup of coffee.

This is happening because of an obsession coffee fans all over have for the gourmet or specialty coffees.  Coffee lovers visit all the coffee specialty stores. They often order their special coffee online or from catalogues. They love grinding the coffee beans themselves. And when they take trips to countries that grow coffee, they look for and bring back the specialty coffees. Now we have “coffee tasting” events much like wine tasting.

There are even interior design products and furniture coming on the market touting a coffee theme — great gifts for the coffee fan.

Coffee had its beginnings as a stimulant when it was discovered in 900 A.D. It has also had its beginnings in a variety of uses much like medicine and wine. Nothing is much different today.

Coffee is one of the few untouched products over time but that is quickly changing. People are coming up with all sorts of ways to improve it to get their flavour and aroma and will probably keep doing it well into the future. A roastery will develop a signature blend for their business or for cafes.

And coffee shares a good chunk of the world’s market. It is second only to oil in financial volume as a world commodity.

People also these days are constantly trying to reduce their caffeine intake. A pound of coffee has half the caffeine as a pound of tea yet we get more caffeine in a cup of coffee? Why? It is because a pound of tea will give us 160 cups of coffee and a pound of coffee only gives us 40. This may disappoint those of you who have to drink decaffeinated coffee but hate the taste of it.

Also, it is interesting to note, that when you grow coffee at high altitudes, the result is less caffeine. This is probably one of the advantages of gourmet coffee in that it is grown at much higher altitudes than the standard grocery store blends.

 A variety of different types of coffee – Some we will mention are:

You have Latte, Espresso, Low-Fat, Organic, Cappuccino, lightly-spiced Arabian with no filter, Cal, Decaf, Half-Decaf, Black Forest, Cappuccino, Cafe au Lait, Alpine which has brown sugar, a Spanish coffee bean meaning “with honey”: Caf‚ con Miel, and (Spanish for coffee with honey), and Cafe de Olla (which is sweet and made with chocolate).

Go and enjoy a coffee tasting event when you get the chance when the world recovers from the pandemic. You will be happy to see that gourmet or specialty coffee is slowly migrating to the classification of “art form.” At one of these events, you could taste up to 2 dozen (or even more) coffee blends.

You could even leave as somewhat of a coffee expert. This would definitely be an activity to enjoy if you really like coffee. 

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