100% Jamaica Blue Mountain - Clydesdale Estate, whole bean coffee
Part of our Explorer Series, this Jamaica Blue Mountain - Clydesdale Estate coffee is roasted on our Probatino small batch roaster 2lbs at a time until supplies run out. We will roast it to a light-medium roast level so that these rare coffee beans’ unique taste characteristics will remain intact.
Any coffee drinker worth their weight in coffee beans has probably heard of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. Frequently touted as one of the best (if not THE best) coffees in the world, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is also famous for being one of the most expensive coffees you can buy. These beans cost 10-15 times as much per pound as our other offerings, however we are only charging roughly 5 times our normal price per pound. Many coffee roasters offer a “Blue Mountain blend” which is simply blending as little as 10% of this coffee in with other more economical beans. We are offering a 100% certified Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee from the Clydesdale Estate.
If you’re wondering why Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is so expensive, here are the reasons:
- Coffee output from Jamaica is less than any other coffee growing region. Only coffee beans grown above 3,000 feet in a small area north of Kingston, Jamaica in the Blue Mountain region can be classified as authentic Blue Mountain Coffee. 80% of this coffee is exported to Japan each year.
- The coffee growing conditions in the Jamaica Blue Mountains are unique. With cool air, a foggy atmosphere and volcanic soil, these conditions mean it takes twice as long for the coffee cherries to mature and be harvested than in other coffee regions.
- Harvesting the coffee is dangerous and labor-intensive. The Jamaica Blue Mountains are treacherous and the pickers need to climb rocky, slippery slopes to reach the coffee trees. Not all of the cherries on a coffee tree ripen at the same time, so pickers have to harvest a tree multiple times to pick the cherries at the optimal ripeness.
- Once the raw (“green”) coffee beans are picked, they are hand-sorted by size and quality and are cupped and evaluated blindly by the Jamaican Coffee Industry Board. Only the best coffee beans are allowed to be exported, while the lower quality beans are used within Jamaica. The Jamaican government heavily regulates the processing and exporting of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee to ensure that the reputation of this coffee is upheld.
After all of this, you might be wondering what to expect when you taste this coffee. You can expect a lighter to medium roast profile with more of the beans' natural taste characteristics shining through. This will make for a brighter, more complex taste rather than a heavy, 'roasty' flavor, but with a smooth finish.
PLEASE NOTE: due to the limited supply of this coffee, no returns or exchanges will be offered on this item.