CoffeeNate #32 :: Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

 
 
 

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What is Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee?  Why is it so special?  Why does Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee cost $50+ per pound?  Well, there are many things that…


factor into this equation.  First of which is the magical flavor of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee!  The sweet, mellow flavor is intriguing and captivating.  With subtle hints of orange, clove, cinnamon, and brown sugar, this coffee is a hit!  Not many coffee drinkers can resist the smooth, silky Jamaican Blue Mountain brew.  The JBMC from Coffee Beanery was no exception.  The medium roasted beans possess a sweet chocolaty scent that is irresistible.  Although I brewed this coffee using a variety of methods, I preferred the flavor produced with the siphon pot and the french press.  Other methods like the moka pot, left the coffee too tangy, while the AeroPress removed some of the sweetness.

map of jamaican blue mountain coffee

Map depicting the "Blue Mountain" region of Jamaica

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.  Earth shattering, isn’t it?! lol  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.

Why is Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee so expensive?  Really, when you compare the price per pound against what you pay for a cup of coffee in a café or even a gas station, the price is very economical.  When you consider the fact that only %0.05 of the world’s coffee supply is Jamaican Blue Mountain, and %80 of that is exported to Japan, it is really easy to understand why you can expect to pay $35/lb or more!  It’s a simple application of supply and demand.  Not only is JBMC scarce, it is also VERY tasty!

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SPECIAL BUY!
I loved this coffee from the Coffee Beanery, based in Flushing Michigan! I found this coffee when I was reviewing some Kona coffee, and I liked this one almost as much as the Kona! The %100 Kona was only $33.00 more per pound, reasonable for Kona, but the Guatemalan is a nice medium/light roast. I recommend giving it a try, it’s the best bang for your buck! It’s called Guatemalan Huehuetenango and it is FairTrade/Organic. At $12.99/lb it is a steal, order yours at CoffeeBeanery and get %10 off by using the Coffee Beanery coupon code: CB1010 or receive FREE SHIPPING on orders of +$40 with the Coffee Beanery promo code: CB1055

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  • victoria lester

    50 cents a cup is a decent price. When I seen $35+ a lb it appeared to be a bit expensive, although I haven't tried it so I can't pass judgement. I watched your msg and found it interesting to know about the coffee being grown between 3000 ft and 5500 ft. Thanks for giving me an idea of the flavor as well. I follow you on twitter – victoria99999 on facebook – victoria lester and on your email list. :) I'm a tweeter too – watch out for my tweets. :)

  • victoria lester

    50 cents a cup is a decent price. When I seen $35+ a lb it appeared to be a bit expensive, although I haven't tried it so I can't pass judgement. I watched your msg and found it interesting to know about the coffee being grown between 3000 ft and 5500 ft. Thanks for giving me an idea of the flavor as well. I follow you on twitter – victoria99999 on facebook – victoria lester and on your email list. :) I'm a tweeter too – watch out for my tweets. :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/nate_s nate_s

      No problem, glad you learned something! I learn something new with every post I write. :) Thanks for being a loyal CoffeeNate visitor :D

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  • LissaL

    If I win the lotto, then maybe I can talk myself into purchasing the Jamaican Blue otherwise the cheaper stuff will have to do!

  • http://twitter.com/LissaL LissaL

    If I win the lotto, then maybe I can talk myself into purchasing the Jamaican Blue otherwise the cheaper stuff will have to do!

  • Debbie

    I LOVE Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. I picked up a bag in Jamaica while on a cruise several years ago, and it was like GOLD. I think I paid $12 for the 1 lb bag on the island… =) It is so good – so smooth and sweet. It's too expensive for an everyday cup, but perfect for special occasions or for a Sunday morning wakeup…

  • http://thequeenmommy.com Debbie

    I LOVE Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. I picked up a bag in Jamaica while on a cruise several years ago, and it was like GOLD. I think I paid $12 for the 1 lb bag on the island… =) It is so good – so smooth and sweet. It's too expensive for an everyday cup, but perfect for special occasions or for a Sunday morning wakeup…

  • http://thequeenmommy.com Debbie

    I LOVE Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. I picked up a bag in Jamaica while on a cruise several years ago, and it was like GOLD. I think I paid $12 for the 1 lb bag on the island… =) It is so good – so smooth and sweet. It's too expensive for an everyday cup, but perfect for special occasions or for a Sunday morning wakeup…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/nate_s nate_s

      You just gave me a great idea Debbie! I'll go to Jamaica on vacation, pick up about 500lbs of coffee, and pay for my trip with the proceeds! :)

  • http://www.toysperiod.com Dr. Ann Voisin

    Very very interesting. You should be a teacher.

    I got a very good feeling about the integrity of the information you shared regarding Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.

    That along with the map and specificity about the geography of the region growing Jamaica Blue Mountain simply had the effect of producing a desire for the product, which every marketer knows is the name of the game.

    We can always use a coffee aficionado on campus.

    Dr. Ann Voisin

  • Mike

    $35 per pound isn't expensive? I understand when you break it upp over the use, however its still 300% more expensive than traditional blends.

  • http://www.chronoscoffee.com/ Mike

    $35 per pound isn't expensive? I understand when you break it upp over the use, however its still 300% more expensive than traditional blends.

  • nate_s

    No problem, glad you learned something! I learn something new with every post I write. :) Thanks for being a loyal CoffeeNate visitor :D

  • nate_s

    You just gave me a great idea Debbie! I'll go to Jamaica on vacation, pick up about 500lbs of coffee, and pay for my trip with the proceeds! :)

  • nate_s

    Hi Mike and welcome to my site :) Yes, Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is more expensive than common origins, but that is why…it's not common! When you figure how much people spend on burnt coffee everyday (read Starbucks) then it is really affordable, especially when you consider that only %.02 of the coffee supply is JBM! I don't think everyone should drink the stuff daily, but I think it is worth purchasing for the experience. Thanks for dropping by!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/nate_s nate_s

    Hi Mike and welcome to my site :) Yes, Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is more expensive than common origins, but that is why…it's not common! When you figure how much people spend on burnt coffee everyday (read Starbucks) then it is really affordable, especially when you consider that only %.02 of the coffee supply is JBM! I don't think everyone should drink the stuff daily, but I think it is worth purchasing for the experience. Thanks for dropping by!

  • @davisesq212

    How does it actually get a chocolatey scent/ taste?

  • http://twitter.com/davisesq212 @davisesq212

    How does it actually get a chocolatey scent/ taste?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/nate_s nate_s

      It's very interesting how coffee that is grown in different areas of the world, possesses unique flavors and scents. It is similar to wine tasting. There are subtle differences in coffee flavors in relation to where they are grown, the roasting method, the degree of roasting, and the freshness of the coffee.

  • nate_s

    It's very interesting how coffee that is grown in different areas of the world, possesses unique flavors and scents. It is similar to wine tasting. There are subtle differences in coffee flavors in relation to where they are grown, the roasting method, the degree of roasting, and the freshness of the coffee.

  • Lisa S.

    Any idea of how much it would cost to buy in Jamaica itself? I have a friend going to travel there soon and I wanted to give her some money to bring me back some but no idea how much.

  • Lisa S.

    Any idea of how much it would cost to buy in Jamaica itself? I have a friend going to travel there soon and I wanted to give her some money to bring me back some but no idea how much.

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  • Elisha Magaw

    I enjoyed myself in Jamaica. It was the best vacation I’ve ever had & I’ve been on many vacations, but Jamaica is truly one of my best. In 2006 I was planning to go to vacation in Jamaica…looked to where I wanted to go… Then a miracle happened… I won a trip to anywhere in the world on a locale radio station (KTWV the Wave in Los Angeles) and the stage was set. We left and had the experience of a lifetime… Jamaica is so beautiful, green & lush.

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    I love this :) how can we purchase this coffee?

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  • Marc

    Just ordered some Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee based on your review.

  • Bash

    This is THEE best coffee i have ever drank!! It’s so worth the $