Portland Roasting

Mocha Java

Location: Portland, Oregon

Origin: Sidamo region, southern Ethiopia; northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: January 2010

Agtron: 44/65

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Understated, rather lean-bodied cup with pleasing aromatic and flavor notes: pungent, grapefruit-like citrus, aromatic wood, and distinct floral top notes. Sweetly rich finish with some persistence from the citrus.


This version of the ancient Mocha-Java blend replaces the Java with a certified organically grown Sumatra and the Yemen Mocha with a floral- and citrus-toned wet-processed Ethiopia Sidamo. Portland Roasting emphasizes sustainable environmental and social practices throughout its business, including its “Farm Friendly Direct” sourcing program involving partnership projects with coffee producers in several origin countries. Visit www.portlandroasting.com or call 800-949-3898 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: The aromatic wood notes display sweetness and delicate intensity, suggesting sandalwood. The juxtaposition of these notes with the flowers and ripe citrus is a complex tribute to the Mocha-Java blend concept.

This review originally appeared in the January, 2010 tasting report: Fourteen Covers of a Classic Tune: Mocha Java Blends

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