La Vida Java Coffee & Micro-Roastery

Mocha Java

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

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

Roast: Very Dark

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Review Date: January 2010

Agtron: 27/32

Aroma: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

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.


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 www.lavidajava.com or call 502-412-9393 for more information.

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

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