In the 1600's, 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 to preserve the flavor. By the time they arrived in Europe, they were swollen and yellowish in color. The Europeans, not knowing any different, brewed and enjoyed the coffee. They loved the sweetly fermented brew that had intriguing earthy and well balanced flavors.
As the times have evolved and the beans are no longer subject to dark, long voyages across the sea, similar conditions have been recreated, which is known as “monsooning” to maintain the integrity of this coffee. 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, our India 'Monsoon Voyage' coffee is a very distinctive coffee that yields a high quality brew. It is known for its light body, gentle tartness, and mellow, yet remarkable aroma.