We have Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee here at the Edgcumbes Roastery! You may have noticed that there is quite a difference in price between this coffee and our others… so why exactly is that?

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is valued for its naturally sweet taste and lack of bitterness which is achieved from the location it is grown in. This coffee can only be grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica which are the longest mountain range in the country. The coffee plants are grown between 2,000 and 5,000 feet above sea level, as the higher slopes of the mountains are preserved as forest. There are no flat, large areas which allow for quick harvesting, instead the coffee is grown is small groups, wherever the terrain allows by a collection of farmers. The soil in this area is also very rich with volcanic properties and also the climate is cool, meaning the beans take almost twice as long to grow. There is also a perfect amount of rainfall and constant mist, which allows consistent hydration and moisture for the plants. It is this perfect combination of soil and climate which are considered ideal conditions for growing the coffee.

The process of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is also hugely labour intensive, as there is only a small yield the farmers only ensure the highest quality. The beans are hand-picked in the fields, then they are sorted by hand, washed and dried, graded by hand again into Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 and then they are finally assessed for defects before being allowed to be sold.

Over the past few decades this coffee has become very popular, making it one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world. Because of this demand Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee can only be labelled with that name once certified by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica. Due to the limited area it can be grown in it means this coffee is a lot more expensive than other coffee varieties as there is a higher demand and less yield and is a real treat for all coffee lovers!

Hopefully this now explains why the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is such a valuable coffee, as the regulations that are imposed on this type of coffee means that the unique flavour is not lost through over farming or through falsely using the valuable name.

We hope you enjoy our Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee that we have roasted here at Edgcumbes – you can buy it by clicking below, we always roast it fresh to order for the optimal flavour. Just let us know if you have any further questions about this speciality coffee or how you found the unique sweet taste.