Old Brown Java was traditionally used as ballast on sailing ships travelling to Europe in the 16th and 17th Centuries, where the sea water gave the coffee a distinct flavour. Aged over a period of 5 years, this ‘monsooned’ green coffee is grown on the old colonial estates on the east end of Java Island in Indonesia. These green coffee beans which are milled but not yet roasted are exposed to the region’s moist, warm air throughout the rainy season resulting in a this naturally matured bean with a stronger taste and weakened acidity. The unroasted beans show a distinct colour change from the original green tint of the coffee beans to a light brown colour.
Farm: Smallholders in the Java islands
Altitude: 1400 MASL
Location: Ljen plateau
Variety: Old Brown Java