OLD BROWN JAVA - Medium-Dark Roast Coffee
OLD BROWN JAVA - Medium-Dark Roast Coffee
OLD BROWN JAVA - Medium-Dark Roast Coffee

OLD BROWN JAVA - Medium-Dark Roast Coffee


Full-bodied coffee with rustic, musky, tobacco flavour notes and vanilla aroma. 

The flavour of these Arabica coffee beans is truly unique, and similar only to our Monsoon Malabar in spiciness. 

What you need to know...

  • Flavours - earthy, musky, spicy, tobacco notes
  • Aroma - vanilla
  • Body - full-bodied
  • Acidity - low


Perfect for...

Espressos and milky drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos. 


Old Brown Java, is also known as Old Brown coffee, or Old Government Java. The coffee is grown on the old colonial estates on the east end of Java Island in Indonesia. Old Brown Java was traditionally used as ballast on sailing ships travelling to Europe in the 16th and 17th Centuries, where the sea water gave the coffee a distinct flavour.

Its mild acidity, heavy-bodied taste and sweetness is still attained through a weathering process which can take from 2 to 7 years. The green coffee beans which are milled but not yet roasted are then exposed to the region's moist, warm air throughout the rainy season. The 'monsooning' process results in a strengthening of the coffee's taste, a weakening of the acidity. There is also a distinct colour change from the original green tint of the coffee beans to a light brown colour.

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Ian B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
OK coffee, but not my favourite.

Tried this one because it’s an original classic, but have to say not my favourite of all the great Redber coffee beans I’ve tried. Probably because I prefer darker roast fuller flavour. Nice mild all day drinker I guess, but not for me. Normal great service from Redber.

francis j.
United Kingdom United Kingdom


steve g.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Carbon footprint.

I am concerned. Every few weeks the postman brings me another bag of OBJ with a cheery "Smells good, mate." Big diesel lorry brings it up from Guildford. Don't know what brings it from Java but I don't think it's a kite surfer. Maybe I need to rethink my purchases. Buy coffee grown in Stoke on Trent and roasted with the pottery in one of the few remaining kilns here. Or run a pipeline from Guildford up the M3, round the M25, up the M1, and M6 and use some green form of vacuum gadget to **** my beans here like they do with bags of tenners in the big stores. And maybe Redber could use some of the colossal revenue I contribute to installing solar panels to power the roasting process (or just roast my beans a little less so they are closer to medium as I like them.) I live about a hundred meters above sea level so when the Maldives are long gone and there are Arctic icebergs floating in The Channel I will still be dry and cosy with my mug of Java, but it behoves us all to seriously consider these scenarios.

steve g.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Brown and out.

I've bought loads of this coffee and written 2 reviews about it already. I'm in my seventies and have ***** coffee all around the world and in many different establishments. Only a handful of those events have remained in my memory for the quality of the coffee. The coffee usually served is either too weak, stale, over roast, or just indifferent quality. My daily routine involves an early morning visit to the park with the mutley hound. Back home to get his breakfast and mine. Watch teletext to see what the current bunch of ludicrous buffoons in control of our world have managed to screw up today, and then have my big mug of coffee.This is a happy moment and I often think - wow that's really good. This coffee is strong, fresh but not sharp or bitter, complex, warm and earthy. It is called Old Brown Java and it tastes brown - not green - not black - not beige - but brown. Not sure that makes sense but as this is my third review I am running out of descriptors. I will certainly buy more of this coffee but this is my last time of writing about it.

steve g.
United Kingdom
I love the Java Jive and it loves me.

The title says it all. I've loved this coffee since I was 16 and was served it on the lawn by a butler whilst working for a lady who lived near Didcot. In my ignorance I asked what the magic liquid was. " It's old Java coffee sir." It has been my favourite ever since - nearly sixty years. Today I had a cup with my niece who had come to visit for my birthday. She loved it too. Coffee was quite out of fashion until the eighties when different coffee buffs started pushing it as a sophisticated after dinner beverage and commentating on it's nuances like Jilly Gouldens of coffee. And Starbucks arrived of course. Coffee is like wine in this one respect. You know a good one when you taste it. For me Redber's Old Brown Java is a good one. It just tastes like coffee did in the sun on that lawn in Didcot when I first discovered it. Of course I will buy it again - I must have had 20 kg from you already. I love it.