Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is one of the most sought after coffees in the world, and a classic example of demand exceeding supply, resulting in a very expensive green coffee price. The producer of this Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, Wallenford Estate has been producing Jamaican coffee for over 250 years! Wallenford Estate was one of the original four producers of Jamaican coffee and historically is the largest with approximately 5,000 dedicated coffee-growing acres. Wallenford grows 100% typica and with a company mantra of “doing well and doing good” works with their coffee growers and their communities to provide support to infrastructure and education. Wallenford Estate prides themselves on quality, and Wallenford Estate coffee exemplifies this with a perfect balance of body and acidity while allowing the natural floral-lemon notes to sing.
Coffee was first introduced to Jamaica in 1728 from then Governor, Sir Nicholas Lawes who imported coffee trees from the nearby island of Martinique. Jamaica is a small island with a small coffee growing region in the Blue Mountains, located in the Eastern portion of the country, hence the name Jamaica Blue Mountain. Jamaican coffee is very well balanced and without any overpowering acidity or body. This balance makes it a pleasing cup of coffee to most people, and as a result the demand for the limited availability of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee drives prices upward.
In 1944 the Jamaican government established the Central Coffee Clearing House as a singular entity for the cleaning, grading and exportation of all Jamaican coffee. In 1950 with the establishment of the CIB (Coffee Industry Board) Jamaica became the first country to brand a geographical location as an established coffee type—similar to what wine producers in France did with Champagne and later what Colombia established with Juan Valdez beginning in 1958. To this day, all Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is exported through the CIB.
|Altitude:||1,800 – 5,500 ft (548 - 1676m)|
|Coffee Grading:||154 Lbs|
|Classifications:||Blue Mountain, Prime Jamaican Washed|