Here's why coffee is called java

By Kristen Underwood — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

Why is coffee called java?

Coffee is the root of the family tree. However, just like our families all come from somewhere, coffee does, too. Somewhere along the line, coffee married into the Java family, thus the nickname “Java.”

In the early 17th century, The Dutch introduced coffee to Southeast Asia. While traveling the world, they planted coffee trees in some beautiful places including (but not limited to):

  • Bali
  • Sumatra
  • A small Indonesian island called Java

Eventually, coffee became a major trade item and was exported from Java to the rest of the world.

Although we can’t be certain, the term was presumably selected to specify the coffee that originated from the island. As the coffee trade grew, the term was adopted by more and more people throughout the world. Today, “Java” has become one of many generic terms for coffee and no longer only refers to coffee from the Island of Java.

The next time you stop by the cafe for a good ole cup of joe, or maybe the next time you make a fresh brew, or down some mud, or grab a cuppa, remember to appreciate the history of the cup. The name Java means home or distant, which is unbelievably fitting, considering coffee comes from a distant land but always makes us feel at home.

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