Have you ever been confused with all the ‘Mocha Java’ products available on the market? In North America, we generally think of Mocha Java as a sweet combination of coffee and chocolate whether it be in a hot cup of coffee, a dessert or an icy drink.
The term Mocha-Java has a much different meaning in the coffee industry. Mocha is a port in Yemen at the southern tip of the Red Sea while Java is an Indonesian island. Both of these areas are known for their coffee bean production. In the late 1800’s producers in these two regions had the idea to blend the two types of coffee beans together as they believed the unique flavors of each would create a new harmonized flavor. And thus, the Mocha-Java coffee phenomenon was born!
An interested side note to this story is the unfortunate plight at the beginning of the 20th century that destroyed nearly all of Java’s coffee trees. The coffee rust plague destroyed the coffee tree population and although it was replanted many experts in the industry believe that the new crop lacks the taste profile of the old crop.
Are you still wondering why Mocha refers to a chocolaty coffee drink?
The original Mocha coffee bean had bittersweet hints of chocolate. Reportedly some coffee resellers add chocolate to their beans to obtain these chocolaty hints. Others believe that the chocolate-coffee combination is named Mocha in honor of the highly regarded Mocha Java coffee.
Why not give our Mocha Java coffee beans a try?