To create the intriguing taste of our Fortissio Lungo blend, coffee beans are exposed to India’s rainy Malabar Coast.
Winds, heavy with rain, sweep through the open sides of a warehouse on India’s Malabar Coast, dousing the delicate Arabica coffee beans carefully raked across the floor. But there are no frantic attempts to prevent the unruly skies from spoiling the precious harvest — these are the precise weather conditions, mimicking historic sea voyages, that give our Fortissio Lungo coffee its celebrated taste.
In the 18th century, the distinct flavour of West Indian coffee developed by chance while it was being transported to Europe in wooden-hulled sailing ships. During the long voyage, the sea air and monsoon winds changed the structure of the coffee beans.