Friday, December 29, 2006

Coffee fact for the day: Mocha (Java)

Miguel stopped at Metropolis last night to pick up some espresso and got some Mocha Java beans for brewing as well. As I was preparing it for him this morning to take in his thermos, I got to wondering about the name. Java is in Indonesia, I got that, and I knew the term Mocha in that sense doesn't reference the coffee-chocolate flavor that many people think of (as in a Caffe Mocha), but then it seemed probable that the flavor got the name from whatever Mocha originally meant. But why, I wondered. So with a little Google help, here's the skinny on Mocha (a port in Yemen, apparently), with a nice description from Peet's:
Mocha-Java is the world's most famous coffee blend. When someone first thought of combining these two origins, it was before coffee was widely grown around the world. These two coffees were undoubtedly much different from those which the countries of Yemen and Indonesia produce today, although Yemen still produces its coffee under very primitive conditions.

As with any blend everything depends on the quality of the coffees used, and in this case the result is a delicious full-bodied coffee with bittersweet chocolate overtones on top of rich and complex flavors. While Americans associate the word mocha with chocolate, they've reversed the facts: when cocoa was first refined and sold in Europe, it reminded people of Mocha coffee from Yemen.
So that's that. And now we know.

Here's the port of Mocha in 1692.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just read the ino on Mocha. I along with most of the world will be hard-pressed to give up the idea that mocha doens't mean chocolate, but I'm sure your clientele with learn the truth once they tasted your Mocha-Java. I must admit I can't wait to try some.