Java, Coffee Island

Organic Blue Java

Joe. Jet Fuel. Go Juice. JAVA!

Probably the best-known and most-used slang term for coffee, Java is also the most populated island in Indonesia and the world. It’s also the island that produces this winter’s unique Starbucks Reserve™ coffee, Organic Blue Java.

Named for the blue-tinted unroasted coffee beans, Blue Java is a spectacular coffee that we were enamored of from the minute we encountered it in the tasting room. It has been a significant amount of time since a coffee from Java has been in our lineup, so it is very exciting to be offering this amazing cup of coffee after such a long hiatus. (We last bought significant amounts of Java coffee in 2004. A decline in the island’s coffee quality drove us away from and caused us to discontinue offering our long-standing Arabian Mocha Java blend.)

This bold coffee produces an epic cup, one that unfolds with medium acidity, good body and deep herbal notes. The processing of this coffee is unique in that is combines two traditional methods of green coffee drying. The combination consists of first partially drying the coffee bean after fermentation. Then the coffee parchment is removed from the bean and the drying process completed. Combining these two processes produces an interesting combination of acidity and body with flavor depth and clarity not usually experienced together in a cup. Traditional drying methods would consist of fully drying and milling the parchment following fermentation (the “fully washed method”) or no fermentation and milling of parchment (“semi-washed method”).

The Coffee Quality team here loves this coffee and we think you will too. It is truly a rare experience, one that will continue to support Java as not only the best-known slang word for coffee but will help to reintroduce the island as an ultra-premium coffee-producing origin. Enjoy!

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    • cool beans1
    • 1/12/2011 2:48 PM

    I'm so happy Java is back! Thank you.

    • Lavery73
    • 9/12/2011 8:31 PM

    When will it be for sale again?

    • sillymacboy
    • 2/6/2012 12:14 PM

    Probably the best Reserve coffee Starbucks has! Try it at a Starbucks with Clover. You'll LOVE it and be forced to buy a [pricey] half pound. But it's worth it.

    • rlcherkasov
    • 2/8/2012 5:28 AM

    As long time gold members... Completely awful. Bought a bag, they ground it at the store for our french press, and my hubby and I are totally disappointed. It tastes bitter and tart not sweet and syrupy as described. We wish we could get our money back. I know we won't be trying any more "reserve" beans in the future.

    • debby1988
    • 4/25/2012 11:16 AM

    I truly wish that the Blue Java could be a regular offering at Starbucks. It makes a rich, spicy, yet lightly tart espresso on my home machine. A nice alternative to the Espresso Roast

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