Old Java Coffee Beans

Old Java coffee is an aged, monsooned coffee grown on the old colonial estates on the east end of Java Island in Indonesia. These green coffee beans (milled but not yet roasted) are exposed to moist, warm air throughout the rainy season.

Characteristics of Monsooned Coffee

The monsooning of the Old Java coffee beans may continue for as long as three years, resulting in a strengthening of the coffee’s taste and a weakening of its acidity as well as a distinct color change from the original green tint of the coffee beans to a light brown color.

Old Java coffee is a mature coffee with a taste intended to mimic the taste of the original Java coffee that was inadvertently aged in the hulls of ships traveling to Europe in the 1700s and 1800s. Read more about it in the World’s Best History of Coffee.

Old Java Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips

For tips on brewing an amazing cup of Old Java coffee see our thorough section on Coffee Brewing. You can also read gourmet coffee flavor profiles in the Gourmet Coffees section and see instructions on preparing delicious Espresso Drink Recipes.

For detailed instructions see Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot as well as How to make Lattes and Cappuccinos.

Detailed definitions of coffee and espresso terms can be found in the comprehensive Coffee and Espresso Glossary.

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