India Coffee Beans

Grown in the southern region of the country, coffee from India exhibits a moderate body and acidity.

Indian Mysore Coffee

Indian Mysore coffee is a market name for high-quality wet processed (washed) coffees from the southern region in the state of Karnataka. The coffee is known for its subtle, rich flavor complemented by a medium to full body and moderate though distinct acidity.

Characteristics of Indian Coffee

A good India coffee exhibits characteristics similar to Indonesian coffees, particularly Java Arabica including a full body yet with an acidity more in line with a good Guatemala Coffee.

The spicy flavors of a fine India coffee may include notes of cardamom, clove, pepper and nutmeg and perhaps hints of tropical fruit.

India Coffee Growing Regions

Indian Mysore coffee is grown in the southern district of Nilgiris and Shevaroys generally exhibit higher levels of acidity than other coffees of the region. Respected Indian coffee is also grown in the states of Tamilnadu (which used to be called Madras) and Kerala.

The Monsooning of Indian Coffee Beans

India coffees are often left out in large, open-roof silos or in open warehouses during the monsoon season to be exposed to the moisture-laden winds.

This monsooning of the coffee beans may continue for as long as three years and results in a strengthening of the coffee’s sweetness, often creating intense woody and loamy sensations – and a weakening of the acidity.

Changes to the Indian Coffee Beans During the Monsooning Process

The monsooned coffee beans also undergo a distinct color change from the original green tint of the coffee beans to a yellowish or light brown color. The muted acidity and heavy body of the coffee beans makes monsooned coffees a good choice for adding depth to espresso blends.

The Sarchimor Coffee Plant Varietal

One of the coffee plant varietals growing in India is called Sarchimor and is a hybrid between the Timor varietal and the Costa Rican Villa Sarchi varietal (Coffea arabica var. villa sarchi).

Due to traits inherited from the Timor varietal (which is itself a hybrid of Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora var. robusta), Sarchimor has a significant resistance to the coffee disease coffee leaf rust as well as the stem borer. The Sarchimor varietal grows in India as well as Costa Rica.

Also see India Monsooned Malabar Coffee; Monsooned Mysore Coffee; India Mysore Coffee.

Indian Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips

For tips on brewing the perfect cup of Indian coffee see our section on Coffee Brewing. You can also read detailed coffee flavor profiles of Gourmet Coffees and instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes.

For espresso brewing tips see Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot as well as How to make a Latte.

Detailed definitions of coffee and espresso terms can be found in the Coffee Terms.  Also see the World’s Best History of Coffee.


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