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Old Brown Java

Yes, as the name suggests, it's Old, it's Brown and it comes from Java. Before the green beans even get to us they are already brown. This trick is achieved by ageing them, in...

Origin
Indonesia
Region
Java
Variety
Mixed Arabica/Timor
Process
Washed and Aged
Roast
Dark

Old Brown Java

Yes, as the name suggests, it's Old, it's Brown and it comes from Java. Before the green beans even get to us they are already brown. This trick is achieved by ageing them, in the giant warehouses of Java, deliberately for months before shipping. When they arrive in our own more modest warehouse they have a patina like the wizened leather of an old Chesterfield setee.

A Cousin of Monsooned Malabar

The previously green beans have lost much more of their moisture content than any other bean from almost any other origin. Except perhaps for India, with its famous Monsooned Malabar, which is also an aged coffee. Inevitably some of the complexity and lighter enzymatic flavours inherent in fresher green beans are lost.

A Change of Roasting Style

The beans are practically desiccated and are therefore very challenging to roast. We have to totally change our usual roasting style and inso doing we impose roasted flavours on the beans. This gives them a more smokey, almost bitter taste but also through the later stages of roasting they see some dry distillation and sugar browning effects.

Wreathed in Heritage

Old Brown Java is our darkest roast wreathed in the heritage of the old open flame roasters and the traditions of years gone by at Atkinsons. Beloved by its many super-fans who demand it darker. This is an age old coffee, usually only available from Atkinson's actual shop, where many such arcane traditions are upheld to protect the legacy of coffee practices from days gone by.

An Acquired Taste

It is an acquired taste that maybe not be recommended for the more sensitive palate of the third wave coffee drinker, who is more attuned to the lighter, floral fruitier roasts! However, it elicits an almost cult-like status among its followers. Java drinkers are a motley crew of zealots, as befits its piratical origins in the South China Seas!

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