Often referred to as the "Java of Kings",
Mountain Jamaican coffee has been satisfying
around the globe for more than two hundred years. It is
famous for its
exquisite flavor, good acidity, clean refined
taste, unusual sweetness,
excellent body and intense bold aroma.
The lingering, sweet and delicate aftertaste is what seduces even the
most fussy coffee drinkers.
This extraordinary coffee is grown in the
majestic Blue Mountain range in Jamaica.
Available in burlap bags, mini barrels, sealed foil bags, roasted, green
beans, it is usually much more expensive that other
popular coffees and often given as special coffee
If you are interested in more information about Blue Mountain Jamaican
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MOUNTAIN JAMAICAN COFFEE
Blue Mountain coffee comes
from the mountains of Jamaica. It is best known for its
mildness and a distinct lack of bitterness. Over time,
it has become the most expensive coffee in the world,
and the most sought after.
Blue Mountain Coffee
Besides making incredible
coffee, the Blue Mountain coffee bean is used as a base
for the famous Tia Maria coffee liqueur.
Mountains of Jamaica are located between Kingston and
Port Maria. Rising to an impressive height of 7,402
feet, the climate is cool and misty, and gets a lot of
rainfall. The soil is rich and drains well… an ideal
situation in which to grow coffee.
Coffee beans were
first brought to Jamaica in 1728 by the Governor, Sir
Once the beans are harvested, they are
pulped and washed. The beans are then dried and cured
for at least twenty weeks. Next, the beans go through a
sorting process. Only a very few countries besides
Jamaica allow the coffee beans to age at least six
weeks. Aging improves consistency among the beans.
Before exporting, the coffee is checked for appearance,
and some is taste tested to insure quality.
other varieties of coffee around the world, there are
several different grades of Blue Mountain coffee. For
Grade 1, which is the best quality, 96% of the beans
must fit a 17/20 screen size. No more than 2% of the
coffee beans can have significant defects. For Grade 2,
96% of the beans must fit a 16/17 screen size. No more
than 2% of the beans may have any significant defects.
There is also a Grade 3, a Blue Mountain peaberry, and a
Blue Mountain Triage, which is a combination of the top
There is quite a lot of interesting trivia
about Blue Mountain coffee. Many commercial coffee
blends add a bit of Blue Mountain coffee to enrich the
quality of their blend. Due to the strength of the Blue
Mountain coffee beans, more cups of coffee can be made
for the money.
And even James Bond loves Blue Mountain
coffee. The author of the James Bond series, Ian
Fleming, lived in Jamaica for a part of every year. In
his book, “Live and Let Die,” he has James Bond sitting
to breakfast declaring, “Blue Mountain coffee, the most
delicious in the world…”
In 1988, Jamaica lost a great
deal of its coffee industry, due to damage from
Hurricane Gilbert. It is just recently that production
has been restored to previous levels for this unique
Out of all the coffee lovers in the world, Japan
is the largest importer of Blue Mountain coffee. They
invest a lot into the coffee industry, and they import
approximately 80% of the Blue Mountain coffee crop every
The rest of the world wrangles over the remainder.
And is it worth the fight? Anyone who has tasted it
would say yes. Blue Mountain coffee is sweet, smooth and
mellow… all in all, an excellent cup of coffee.
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