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Old Brown Java Coffee

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Origin: Indonesia, South East Asia
Body: Full-bodied
Roast: Dark Roast (5)
Summary of taste: Earthy, spicy, tobacco notes
Whittard recommends: Using an AeroPress, Stove Top or Cafetière and enjoying black or with milk according to taste
When to drink: After dinner

Old Brown Java is the coffee of dark burgundy libraries and billiard tables. Aged over a period of five years, over which time the beans are transformed from green to brown, this is an old boys’ blend which calls for the very best Cuban cigar. 

The unique ageing process was discovered in the 16th century, back when the Dutch introduced the first coffee seeds to the island of Java in Indonesia. As the spice ships carried their cargo back to Europe, the raw beans would be stored away in the hold to act as ballast. After several months at sea, the result was a robust, full-bodied bean, tempered by the wood and the brine to produce an exceptional earthiness of flavour with a hint of sweetness.
Old Brown Java’s distinct intensity of flavour makes it perfect for espressos, or as a hearty boost to a cappuccino or latte. Now available in one of our beautifully designed refillable coffee caddies!


Pure aged Java arabica beans.

Packed in an environment where nuts are handled.

Brew a Perfect Cup

Follow the manufacturer's equipment instructions Always use fresh water. Use water just off the boil so you don't scald the coffee. Do not re-heat brewed coffee.

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Average customer rating based on 9 reviews

The coffee beans were a present for my other half and he is really enjoying the coffee, says its the best coffee he has tasted.

Posted by Diane Young (25th February 2015)


Ordered a selection of coffees and this one was the first one I tried, am considering giving the rest away (although I'm sure they're very nice!). This is well rounded and full flavoured without a hint of bitterness. For me, the perfect cup of coffee.

Posted by Sue Bates (18th August 2014)


Lovely coffee rich nutty flavour good after taste. AS stated in other reviews not to everyone's taste. I found it a light for my taste but 10 out of 10. Try it I think you will love it and I should know as I drink far to much coffee. If I have to give a negative its a little expensive at £14 for 500g but you pay for what you get. Thankyou

Posted by Sean Fairbrother (23rd February 2014)


Whilst this had the necessary strength I was after, it did not please my taste-buds at all. Earthy is a VERY apt description. I thought it tasted like soil. Don\'t know whether to throw the rest away, or risk spoiling some Lavazza with it.

Posted by Trev (29th November 2013)


In my experience, people either love Old Brown Java or they think it is the worst coffee they have ever tasted. Old Brown Java is not for everyone, but let me give you an idea of how very much I love this stuff: having moved to America and finding it unavailable here, I now have to keep flying home to England to buy more Old Brown Java beans and take them back to USA. I am desperate to find a US supplier! If you have ever found coffee too sour tasting -- too acidic -- try this coffee. If you have found any coffee beans naturally low in acidity too uninteresting, try this coffee. If you like your coffee black and without sugar, try this coffee. (I have tried it with cream and it loses something.) I prefer Old Brown Java slightly less darkly roasted than Whittard\'s has sometimes roasted it. As an Old Brown Java fan, I want the Old Brown Java characteristics not to be swamped by those of the roast. I am exaggerating a bit: Old Brown Java has so much oomph that even roasting it to within an inch of its life can\'t disguise that. (I still buy it from Whittard often despite my preference for a lighter roast.) Old Brown Java really does have a unique flavour. It is an astounding combination of zero sourness combined with a meaty, earthy, complex, fascinating, full flavoured roughness. Hmmm... usually when I think of roughness I think \'opposite of smoothness\', \'something that makes me screw up my face, like too much bitterness of acidity\', and yet what I am calling roughness in Old Brown Java is absolutely not that. Perhaps \'texture\' would be a better word. I was introduced to Old Brown Java many years ago, when the Brazil beans I had been buying (because they were the least sour coffee beans I had found) radically changed to high acidity beans (apparently acidity levels vary greatly depending upon whether the beans are in season or out of season) which most coffee drinkers prefer but to me just tastes sour. Returning to Whittard or whichever coffee merchant I was using at the time I begged to know which coffee beans are the least acidic, and was advised to try Old Brown Java. At first I found it too overwhelming, and when I found a new source of naturally low-acidity Brazil beans I mixed it 50:50 with Brazil. But when once again even Brazil beans were sour, I was forced to start drinking Old Brown Java neat, and oh how I grew to love it. Now, even when I can find low-acidity Brazil beans (so very inconsistent!) I find myself missing Old Brown Java\\\'s multi-layered complexity and oomph. Whittard, please please please export Old Brown Java to USA. I am miserable without it!

Posted by SC (28th November 2013)

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