Deep aroma dominated by a cherryish milk chocolate with hints of cedar and banana. Sweet-toned, roundly balanced cup with quiet acidity, fullish body and continued cherry-toned chocolate carrying into a long finish.
Known as the Java of Kings!
Processing: Wet & Sun Dried
Altitude: 900 - 1000 M.A.S.L.
Harvest: January to April
12 oz. Handcrafted Organic Coffee
The central Blue Mountains of Jamaica are an extraordinary landscape. The higher reaches are in almost perpetual fog, to which the tropical sun gives an otherworldly internal glow, as though the light itself has come down to settle among the trees. The fog slows the development of the coffee, producing a denser bean than the relatively modest growing elevations (3,000 to 4,000 feet) might produce elsewhere. In this hilly, rugged terrain, the climate is cool with lots of rain and the soil is rich— considered the perfect condition for farming coffee. The beans are shade-grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or other additives. Biodiversity and organic farming methods make for healthier soil, prevent water contamination, provide habitat for dozens of species of migratory birds, and form a vital component of their exceptional flavor. Coffee grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica is the world’s most celebrated, most expensive, and most controversial origin.
Jamaica Blue Mountain has been an admired coffee since at least the early 19th century, when for a brief time Jamaica led the world in coffee production. After World War II the British colonial government, alarmed that undisciplined production was on the verge of ruining the Blue Mountain reputation, instituted a rigorous program of regulation and quality control under leadership of the newly established Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica. After Jamaica achieved its independence from Britain, the new Jamaican government continued that coffee policy, requiring that all Blue Mountain be wet-processed at government sanctioned mills and dried, dry-milled, cleaned, and graded at centralized facilities.
Out Of The Grey Coffee’s Jamaica Blue Mountain beans are certified by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica (CIB), the regulatory board established to protect the quality of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. Our coffee cherries are handpicked for quality control, graded by size, density and color and then inspected by the CIB. Coffee that is recognized by the CIB carries the official Certification/Trademark of Jamaica Blue Mountain. The Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica owns the Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee trademarks and is the organization responsible for the integrity of the brand; regulating, monitoring and guiding the development of the coffee industry in Jamaica to ensure its standards are rigorously met.
Because of the unique climactic conditions of the Jamaican Blue Mountains, the coffee produced there is a unique specialty product that Jamaican’s can take pride in and call their own. It offers both the promise of economic growth and self-reliance. Rural poverty accounts for a staggering 82% of total poverty in developing countries. In Jamaica, the rural poor outnumber the urban poor two to one. Coffee is the highest value export crop in Jamaica. Blue Mountain coffee generates the highest prices in the world. One acre of Blue Mountain coffee yields an income roughly three times greater than the income of an average rural Jamaican. For these reasons, growing and harvesting this coffee offers many local farmers an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.
Jamaica Blue Mountain’s fame and high prices have encouraged the usual deceptive blender creativity: Blue Mountain Blends that contain very little actual Blue Mountain, or Blue Mountain “Style” blends that contain no Blue Mountain whatsoever. These coffees may be excellent, but they are not Blue Mountain.