Orange marmalade, Papaya, Brown rice syrup, milk chocolate, candied almond
Heavy, simple syrup
Full, big, velvety
Red currant jelly, Orange blossom, sweet spice, red wine gastrique, vanilla, bergamot
$5.10 / lb
Bandung, Pasundan, West Java
Ateng, Tim Tim
History of Java
The Dutch brought coffee seeds to Indonesia in the early 1700s, seeking suitable land to meet rising demand back home. By the turn of the century, Java had become the largest source of high-quality Arabica beans for the European market. Eventually, the region became synonymous with the word coffee.
But after a rust plague wiped out much of the crop around the 1880s, West Java’s Arabica trees were replaced with a species called Robusta, which is more resistant to disease. Tea plantations also spread.
“Traces of [West Java] as the birth mother of Java coffee, the most popular coffee in the world, were gradually forgotten,” said Prawoto Indarto, an author of books on coffee and tea. “Recently, people began to remember that there is coffee here.”