Coffee Review: Jamaican Blue Mountain,


Bean Origin or Blend: Jamaican Blue Mountain

Body: Light/Medium

Roast: Medium

Brew Method: Drip and French Press

Price: $46/lb. (Purchase)

Background: describes the Jamaican Blue Mountain:

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is a globally protected certification mark meaning that only coffee certified by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica can be labeled as such. It comes from a recognized growing region in the Blue Mountain region of Jamaica and its cultivation is monitored by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica.

The Blue Mountains are generally located between Kingston to the south and Port Maria to the north. Rising to 2,300 meters (7,500 ft), they are some of the highest mountains in the Caribbean. The climate of the region is cool and misty with high rainfall. The soil is rich with excellent drainage. This combination of climate and soil is considered ideal for coffee.

The aroma on the bean carries a sweet nuttiness and a pungent berry, but the main aroma is a wonderfully smooth tropical profile that lends to and rounds out a long and complex aromatic finish. The bean is medium in color and has a good amount of oil and sheen to it. On the pour, the aroma doesn’t sway from what was present on the bean.

On consumption the body is light and smooth, yet incredibly complex and lively. The Jamaican Blue Mountain has a velvety texture when swished around the mouth and possesses a very thick finish that primarily resides in the back of the throat. As it cools, there are definite notes of cocoa, though they are slight.

I remember growing up and going to the mall with my mother. Every time we went to the mall, we would walk into Barney’s and buy a cup of coffee – I was always intrigued by the Jamaican Blue Mountain, mostly because of the high price, but of course never bought any. Now, just 17 years after I first started drinking coffee, I was given the opportunity to enjoy the bean!

This cup was stunning to say the least – smooth and balanced, which was really surprising considering how many flavor profiles were present. I was expecting a juggling act, with the profile shifting each sip, but it remained consistent and true throughout.

For a cigar pairing, I’d pull for something with a floral note; I think this would be an interesting combination, perhaps the Macanudo Vintage 2000.