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History of Jamaica Blue Mountain

26 January 2016

In the early 18th century, the British introduced coffee to this Caribbean island. Sir Nicholas Lawes, Governor of Jamaica, imported the first coffee plant from Martinique. The country was ideal for cultivation coffee thanks to its rich soil, misty climate and abundant shade. Initially, coffee was grown at the foothills of St. Andrew Parish, but gradually plantations extended deeper into the fertile and beautiful Blue Mountains.

At the beginning, the Jamaican coffee industry experienced many falls. In order to increase production and quality, instructors were sent to plantations to teach the art of coffee growing. Even a Central Coffee Clearing House was created to process, grade and clean coffee before export. To regulate coffee production, while raising high quality standards, the Coffee Industry Board was established. The Coffee Industry Board still plays an essential role and it’s responsible for placing Jamaica Blue Mountain as one of the top coffees in the world.

Jamaica is a prime spot for cultivating coffee. To be certified as 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain, the coffee needs to be grown in an area known as the Blue Mountain range, and must comply with a number of regulations and high quality standards. Government support and rigorous quality control measures has given Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee a reputation to be proud of.

A true Blue Mountain coffee exhibits a mild taste and subtle flavors with significant sweetness and a vibrant, yet understated acidity. We invite you to try this exceptional coffee, and discover for yourself, why it’s one of most demanded coffees in the world.

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