A Beginners Guide to Coffee: Mocha Java

May 26, 2019

 

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Not to be confused with the chocolate-based mocha beverage, Mocha Java is arguably the worlds most famous and oldest coffee bean blend. A truly multicultural combination, Mocha Java is a blend of Mocha beans from Yemen and Java Arabica beans from Indonesia. Both these beans are regarded for their quality, and when combined together they make for an incredibly tasty cup of coffee.

History

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Coffee has been grown in Yemen for centuries, but the creation of Mocha Java occurred in around the 17th century when European merchants were first introduced to the beans. The Yemen city of Mocha was a popular port and was a common stop for ships travelling between Europe and Indonesia. The blend was created when sailors returning home to Europe combined beans from the Indonesian island of Java with beans from Yemen.

While traditionally, Mocha Java is a combination of Mocha and Java beans most modern versions combine more readily available coffees such as Sumatran and Ethiopian. While traditionalist may balk at this idea, in reality, “true” Mocha Java blends are rare and fairly expensive. Modern blends offer an affordable option for mere mortals.

Flavor profile

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Mocha Java offers drinkers a unique combination of contrasting flavours and textures. The blend combines bright and fruity African coffees with the earthy, rich Indonesian beans. The resulting drink has strong berry and citrus flavors alongside herbal gamey notes. In terms of body and mouthfeel, the coffee combines the bright, clean acidity of African beans with the almost syrupy quality of Indonesian beans. Needless to say, Mocha Java is a unique taste experience.

Mocha Java can be enjoyed as a regular brewed cup of coffee, but the beans also lend themselves well to espresso beverages.

Food pairing

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Thanks to its uniquely balanced flavour, Mocha Java can be paired with a wide variety of foods. For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend pairing this coffee with our recipes for Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake and Breakfast Snack Cake. If you’d prefer to emphasise the bright and fruity notes from the African beans in the blend, try pairing it with our recipe for Glazed Lemon Cake Bars and Blueberry Coffee Cake. If the earthy, herbal notes from the Sumatran beans is more to your liking try pairing the coffee with Banana Bread. Finally, for those who prefer savoury pairings, try serving a cup of Mocha Java with our recipe for Persian Kuku Sabzi.

James Aitchison