Coffee Origins: Jamaican Blue Mountain

December 31, 2012

This holiday season marked the first time we have offered Jamaican Blue Mountain (JBM) coffee and as the New Year approaches, it’s not too late to try this meticulously regulated selection. In order to be labeled “Jamaican Blue Mountain”, the coffee must comply with a number of criteria, as set forth by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica. The coffee must be grown in the Blue Mountains between the elevations of 3000 and 5500 feet. All area above this point is forest reserve, and coffee grown at the lower elevations cannot be labeled as Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee! The board ensures the quality and classification of the coffees, and regulates the coffee industry of Jamaica. Clifton Mount Estate is located in the heart of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains on the cool and misty slopes of Catherine’s Peak. One of the oldest coffee plantations in Jamaica, Clifton Mount has been producing beans of rare quality and aroma since the 1790’s. Encouraged by J. Martinez & Co. estate owner John Martinez, in 2004, a mill was built to process the coffee on the property so that it could be offered as an estate coffee.

Our Jamaican Blue Mountain has a vibrant flavor that is rich and complex. It has citrus and sugar notes with a smooth depth and lingering finish. It is an Arabica Typica bean, grown within the Blue Mountain area at 4300ft. The beans are harvested between December and March, and they are washed.

The aroma is vibrant with a complex sweetness, a scent of roasted nuts. The taste is balanced, with sweet citrus hints and smooth depth. The body is medium-heavy and the finish: Smooth and citrusy.

It is not without reason, that it is one of the most expensive coffees in the world.

Coffee-drinkers and tourists may not realize that Jamaica is a Commonwealth of the United Kingdom, with Queen Elizabeth as its Queen. The nation operates as a constitutional monarchy and though the Queen is, well, the Queen, the citizens of Jamaica have a Senate and House of Representatives, as well as a Prime Minister. Jamaica has a long history of European colonization, beginning with the Spanish in the 1490’s until the English took over in 1655. It was not until the mid-20th century that Jamaica would become a more independent state.

Coffee has been a significant crop in the post-colonial Jamaican economy – an economy that relies heavily on the production or extraction of natural resources. Other significant crops include sugar, bananas, rum and yams.

Don’t miss your chance for a taste of Jamaica, while it is still in stock.

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