Equator Coffees & Teas

Mocha Java Blend Fair Trade Organic

Location: San Rafael, California

Origin: Ethiopia; Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 44/56

Aroma: 8

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Wood-framed, spice- and flower-toned. Brazil nut, wisteria, pink peppercorn, dark chocolate, lightly scorched fir in aroma and cup. In structure sweet, with a salty/savory edge. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Pleasantly drying in the finish, with a rich aromatic wood supporting nutty chocolate and floral suggestions.


This excellent coffee was recognized as one of the three most exciting non-espresso blends of 2017.  Mocha Java is the world’s earliest blend, originally combining fruity dry-processed coffee from southern Arabia (now Yemen) shipped through the port of Mocha with lower-toned, woody/musty coffee from Java. Contemporary versions like this one usually replace the Yemen and Java with very similar-cupping coffees from Ethiopia and Sumatra. The essence of the Mocha Java blend is harmonious contradiction, a theme well-supported by this version. The coffees in this blend are certified organically grown and Fair Trade certified, meaning they were purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. This coffee tied for the fifth-highest rating in a tasting of nearly 130 darker-roasted coffees for Coffee Review‘s August 2017 tasting report. Founded in 1995, Equator Coffees & Teas is a women-owned wholesale coffee roasting company that focuses on sustainability in coffee-sourcing and business practices. Visit www.equatorcoffees.com or call 800-809-7687 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A twisty version of the ancient Mocha-Java blend, probably quite authentic with its suggestions of wood, spicy nut and chocolate.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2017 tasting report: Darker-Roasted Coffees: Confessions and Amends

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