Jamaican Blue Mountain Cafetière Sachets
Reputedly the finest coffee in the world
Jamaican Blue Mountain from the Wallenford Estate is quite possibly the most famous coffee in the world, mainly due to its appearance in the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. Most of the yearly crop is exported to Japan, and the rest is exported mainly to the UK and the USA where it is shipped in Japanese Cedar barrels which protect their valuable cargo. This good coffee is sweet and tangy with a distinct nuttiness and a short, clean aftertaste.
History of Jamaican Coffee
Jamaican coffees, and especially Jamaican Blue Mountain itself, are some of the best and most expensive coffees in the world. Good coffee came to Jamaica in 1728 when the Governor Sir Nicholas Lawes, imported coffee trees from Hispaniola, the island that Columbus first set foot on. The ideal growing conditions of lush, tall mountains of volcanic soil allowed the coffee to be cultivated extensively across Jamaica including the Blue Mountain region to the East of the island.
The Blue Mountains
Benefit from higher elevation allows the coffee to ripen slower and with less insect damage and fermentation, resulting in a high quality product. Today only coffee grown in the Blue Mountains can be called Jamaican Blue Mountain, meaning there is a very limited supply. Beware “Blue Mountain Blend” imitations. In fact, only three estates produce this hallowed bean and Wallenford is one of them.
The Wallenford Coffee Company
Formerly Wallenford Estate, began life as the Commercial Division of the Coffee Industry Board for Jamaica before becoming independent. Today, it addition to its own farms, it purchases coffee from thousands of small holder farmers who may only have half an acre of land each and who care for the coffee, ensuring a high quality crop. Its pulping mills are in the Blue Mountains themselves and its drying mill close to Kingston at Taretum, is the largest facility in Jamaica.
The Coffee itself
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee has a mild, clean and sweet flavour profile with subtle fruity acidity. It performs best as a gently brewed filter or cafetière coffee. The bean is roasted gently to a light colour making the most of its delicate soft flavours. It is best enjoyed as a light morning coffee.
The Blue Mountatins of Eastern Jamaica