This blends the chocolate and caramel taste from our Sumatra bean with the floral and fruit of our Simply Ethiopian beans to produce a truly unique flavor profile that can only be described as dark and toasty. Preferred roast is Dark.
A little history
Back in the 1400s to 1600s, the majority of Europe’s coffee intake came out of the Red Sea, from the Port of Mocha [Makha or Mokha]. This coffee was grown in the country of Yemen, but was referred to by the name of the port from which it came. In the Pacific Islands, it was the same story. Most Indonesian coffee was coming out of a port on the island of Java, controlled by the Dutch East India Trading Company. This led to the term “java”, which has remained as slang for coffee to this day.
These two ports caffeinated most of the coffee-drinking world in those days, and trading ships passed through both on the same trip. Although 5,000 miles separated them, coffee from Java and Yemen lived together on the sailing vessels that made their way across the Indian Ocean and back to Europe. These two origins came together as the very first blend in the world of coffee, and it’s a combination that roasters continue to emulate.
Mocha Java Today
These days, your typical Mocha Java has a few slight variations. Most roasters (and coffee enthusiasts) prefer Indonesian coffee to be sourced from Sumatra, the next island over from Java. On the Middle Eastern side, buyers will often source their “mocha” from the African country of Ethiopia, across the Red Sea from Yemen.
This is the case for our own homage to Mocha Java that we call Dark and Toasty. We source our “java” from farmers in Sumatra, Indonesia. Our “mocha” is a natural-processed coffee that comes from farmer cooperatives in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Our Dark and Toasty is a dark roasted coffee that is a blend of these two coffee beans which are a natural fit, creating a complex yet well-balanced coffee blend.
The history of Mocha Java is a history of the coffee world as a whole. The coffee industry has changed significantly over the past five centuries, and we love looking back and researching where it all came from. Next time you brew up a cup of our Dark and Toasty, take your time drinking it, because you are sipping a truly historic coffee.
Any SideHustle coffee bean can be roasted to your preference. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would prefer a custom roast profile. Let us know if you want the bean light, medium, or dark. Please note there is a 3 bag minimum for a custom roast and payment is due on pickup for all custom orders.