Learn More About Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

Coffee manufacturing is no simple matter. The beans that were ground into the bag you open every morning had to be grown in just the right environment and climate. There are plenty of brands out there, but among the elite is the tasty Jamaican Blue. Grown on plantations high up in the country’s Blue Mountain range (higher indeed than the High Mountains by about a few thousand feet), the soil there is ultra fertile and the climate is ideal.

All About the Famous Jamaican Blue

Coffee plants thrive in areas that receive adequate amounts of moisture and in ground that has excellent drainage properties, two characteristics the Blue Mountains are best known for. Located between Kingston and Port Antonio and more than a mile above sea level, one can find the plantations that export 80 percent of their product to Japan alone.

Jamaican Blue is frequently regarded as a world-class brand and is protected globally with its trademark certification mark (so as to prevent fraudulent practices). Very few coffee lines receive the stamp of approval from the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica, one of the leaders in this industry. There are strict regulations in place that determine the proper classification of coffee grown in Jamaica’s mountain ranges. Anything between 1,500 and 3,000 feet is considered the High Mountain coffee and those between 3,000 and 5,500 feet are deemed the Blue brand.

Note that few plantations are found below 1,500 or higher than 5,500 feet, as the former does not meet ideal growing conditions (brands like Jamaica Low Mountain and Jamaican Supreme do cater to a large consumer base though) and the latter consists of preserved forestry land. Since higher elevations tend to produce sweeter blends, one has to wonder what coffee grown at the top of the mountain range would taste like. We may never know!

Subdivisions of the Brew

There are technically five different classifications of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, each of which is determined by the size of the beans produced and the percentage of defective samples in relation to the total output. Blue Mountain #1 is the premiere line, with screen sizes of 17/20 and fewer than two percent of defects. Blue Mountain Triage is the lowest classification and is characterized by batches that are less than six percent defective.

It is easy to see that coffee production is a major business in Jamaica. Coffee is one of the country’s top exports, accounting for two percent of its annual GDP, so the country’s growers and producers take coffee very seriously.



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