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
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
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.
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.