Historically as coffee was being shipped in wooden ships that took almost months at sea to reach Europe from Indonesia, through contact with the wood of the ships’ hulls, saltwater, and changing humidity and temperatures during the long voyage, the green coffee was shrouded under a thick, moldy peel which also made the coffee developed deeper, richer flavors.
This is where the term ”Java Old Brown” comes from. As the voyage from Java took months or a year, importers became accustomed to seeing brown coffee. Java still produces aged coffee under the old brown name but under much more strict standards than coffee sitting in the hold of a ship for months.
This coffee comes from the family-owned Hacienda La Pradera located in the Aratoca Municipality of the Santander region in Colombia. The estate is 100% Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified and the coffee is cultivated between 1700 and 1900 meters.
The family’s coffee cultivation tradition has been improving the harvesting techniques and product quality of their crops for over 30 years. They also cultivate bananas, cassava, and timber. Currently, Santander has around 42000 Ha of coffee, of which 90% is grown under shade. The region is located in the north central part of the country, east of the Magdalena River.