Tea and Coffee Merchants

Monsoon Washed Malabar


Monsoon  Malabar is one of the most unique gourmet coffees sold on the market. This coffee from India also holds the distinction of being one of the most difficult to roast which adds to it mystique and rarity. Possessing a flavour like no other coffee, Monsoon Malabar is a must try for the true coffee connoisseur.



A fortunate accident brought to light this wonderful way to process coffee.  A freighter with a hold full of coffee left India late in the season and was delayed by the monsoons.  When the ship finally arrived and the casks of coffee were opened, it was discovered that the beans had turned to a golden yellow color and had swollen to nearly half again their normal size because of extreme moisture.

Thinking quickly the trader sold the beans as Monsoon Washed Malabar, a ‘new’ kind of coffee from exotic India.  The rich mellow taste and beautiful golden appearance were a big hit and the trader returned to request more of these Monsoon  Malabar beans.

To this very day Monsoon  Malabar beans are still produced with the help of this natural phenomenon.  This unique Indian coffee is a must have for any coffee connoisseur.

Tea Grade

G.F.O.P. Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe F.O.P. with golden tips (the tiny, undeveloped buds)
. T.G.F.O.P. Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
F.O.P. with lots of golden tips. Considered very good quality.
F.T.G.F.O.P. Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
F.O.P. of superior quality. Sprinkled with ‘gold dust’!
S.F.T.G.F.O.P. Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe With such a name, this has to be the ultimate!
O.P. Orange Pekoe: Usually long think whole leaf, harvested after the buds are opened. This does not contain ‘golden tips’.
P. Pekoe: Whole leaf that tends to be shorter and slightly coarser than O.P
G.F.B.O.P. Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe
T.G.F.B.O.P. Tippy Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe
T.G.B.O.P. Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe
G.B.O.P. Golden Broken Orange Pekoe
F.B.O.P. Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe
B.O.P. Broken Orange Pekoe – the most widely sold grade of tea
B.O.P.F. Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings – the finest siftings.