30 Jul '16, 5pm

Rereading Ken Davids' piece on MJ blends, written in 1998. This sort of thing was a big part of my coffee education.

Rereading Ken Davids' piece on MJ blends, written in 1998. This sort of thing was a big part of my coffee education.

Buying Mocha-Java blends is like listening to jazz ensembles cover Autumn Leaves; the melody may be the same but the interpretations sure aren’t. Kevin Knox of Allegro Coffee tells a story from the early, pre-corporate days at Starbucks, when the company named its Mocha-Java blend “Revolutionary” Mocha-Java. Revolutionary because people were actually told what was in it. Both the enduring popularity of the Mocha-Java blend and its various controversies are wrapped up in early coffee history. Consequently, I need to revisit some of that history here. Old coffee hands may want to skip a couple of paragraphs. Regardless, I will not bring in Kaldi and the dancing goats. Mocha-Java is the world’s oldest recorded coffee blend. There is a simple reason for this: Mocha (from the rugged, fertile southern tip of the Arabian peninsula, now part of the Republic of Yemen) was the world...

Full article: http://www.coffeereview.com/mocha-java-blends/

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