JAMAICA BLUE MOUNTAIN® COFFEE HISTORY
Jamaica Blue Mountain® Coffee is widely revered as the world’s best coffee. The original plant was brought to Jamaica by order of King Louis XV of France. The great secret of the coffee resides in three factors, high altitude, volcanic soil and the remarkable care of the beans.
The Jamaican Blue Mountains are a majestic range of mountains forming the virtual backbone of Jamaica rising over 7,000 feet above sea level. Annual rainfall is a mere 200 inches and average temperature hovers near 5°C, due to a dense cloud cover. These environmental factors slow down the maturation rate of the of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee fruit to about 10 months from bloom to harvest, as compared to five or six elsewhere. This produces a larger more complex bean, with a concentration exquisite flavour.
The Jamaica Blue Mountains are like all mountains in the Caribbean the above ocean peaks of ancient extinct Volcanoes. Through centuries of soil production, the nutrients deposited on the surface of these volcanoes are essentially a botanical super food. Centuries of biomass accumulation formed through the decomposition of various plant species has produced a top soil of exceptional quality. This nutrient rich soil helps form the rich untainted flavour of the coffee
High Quality Standards
Since 1953, the Jamaican government has been protecting the quality of Jamaican Blue Mountain® Coffee. The Jamaican Coffee Industry Board initiated strict regulation of all Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. The regulations inform processors of acceptable levels of moisture content, bean size and other indicators of quality. Each and every shipment of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is cupped and evaluated by the coffee industry board through rigorous cupping and only if the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee meets their rigid standards is the shipment allowed to leave Jamaica.
Our Jamaican Coffee
The best of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is noted for its mild flavour and absolute lack of bitterness. While other coffees from around the world have emerged, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee remains one of the most sought after coffees in the world.
The Coffee Industry Regulations Act allows for five classifications.
We only offer 2 types of Jamaican Blue Mountain® Coffee.
Blue Mountain No. 1
96% of beans must have a screen size of 17/20. No more than 2% of the beans may have significant defects.
Blue Mountain Peaberry
96% of beans must be peaberry. No more than 2% of the beans may have significant defects.
Jamaican Blue Mountain® Coffee is a globally protected certification mark. Only coffee certified by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica can be labelled as Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.
It comes from a recognized growing region in the Blue Mountain region of Jamaica (grown at an altitude of 3,000 to 5,000 ft) and its cultivation is monitored by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica. The climate of the region is cool and misty with high rainfall. The soil is rich with excellent drainage. This combination of climate and soil is considered ideal for coffee.
Our coffee is ripened slowly, guaranteeing the full exposure to the famed Blue Mountains conditions. It is then handpicked and carefully pulped each day to ensure freshness. It is then dried, rested and processed following the strictest quality control procedures at every stage so we can be sure that the outstanding characteristics. Our coffee will never be compromised and will remain as pure as it can be. Only the best is selected and presented to you for your enjoyment.