The India Mysore Golden Nuggets Extra Bold has a fascinating history! The province of Mysore is in the south-western region of India and was the richest gold mining region of the country in the 19th century. Near the end of the 1800s, miners were looking for coal and to their surprise, found gold instead!
Legend has it that coffee arrived in India thanks to one man: Baba Budan, a Muslim pilgrim who “might have smuggled” coffee seeds from Yemen and planted them in his native region of Mysore, at the very place where miners later found the gold. The coffee trees prospered and produced beans much bigger than other coffees from the region, thus earning the nickname “Golden Nuggets”.
The term “Nuggets” is a testimony to its comparison to gold (or at least to the abundance of its place of origin), whereas “Extra Bold” talks of the size of the bean. The Mysore Nuggets Extra Bold is a subtle and tempting coffee for aficionados. It reveals itself as a superior coffee and as such, marvellously represents the quality of Indian coffees. It is cultivated in the now famous Baba Budan mountain range. Coffees from this region give a little more acidity and bite to the cup, which results in a luxuriously rich beverage with mocha undertones that makes for an excellent espresso.
The coffee trees are shade grown with a fertilization of the soil and the trees that is environmentally responsible, thus the UTZ certification. The beans are big, even-sized and of a bluish green colour. They are processed while damp (excellent for crema) and exposed to the monsoon winds, much like the Malabar AA Monsooned, which give them a very distinctive taste. In the cup, we find a medium bodied coffee with good acidity, a slightly spicy taste and fragrant aromas.