La Vida Java Coffee & Micro-Roastery
|Roaster Location:||Louisville, Kentucky|
|Coffee Origin:||Sidamo region, southern Ethiopia; Mandheling region, northern Sumatra.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||January 2010|
Blind Assessment: Rich, sweetly roast-dominated aroma and flavor. The charred aromatic wood character is softened by caramel, raisin and soft earth notes. The roast character carries into the finish, with a continued caramel sweetness that rounds and enriches a slight astringency.
Notes: This very dark-roasted version of the ancient Mocha-Java blend combines a traditional style Sumatra in place of the Java and replaces the Yemen Mocha with a very similar "natural" or dried-in-the-fruit coffee from the Sidamo region of Ethiopia. La Vida Java is a Louisville based coffeehouse with the motto, "Live life, have fun, drink coffee." Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy dark roast coffees that display subtlety and sweetness.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2010 tasting report: Fourteen Covers of a Classic Tune: Mocha Java Blends