Purchasing Blue Mountain Coffee

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Purchasing Blue Mountain Coffee

For coffee connoisseurs, nothing beats Blue Mountain coffee. Keep in mind that you will pay more for this coffee because it is “that good” but in exchange, you have the opportunity to enjoy a unique and rich smooth flavor coupled with warm and inviting aroma. The popularity of this coffee has increased so dramatically that today, 80% of coffee imported into Japan is Blue Mountain.

There are several unique characteristics of Blue Mountain coffee to include:

• Coffee beans have a base flavor of Tia Maria liqueur

• The Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica closely monitors bean cultivation and certifies the coffee as being Blue Mountain classification by giving it globally protected certification

• Beans are grown in the lush Blue Mountain region of the island, which is located to the south of Kingston and north of Port Antonio

• To be official Blue Mountain coffee, beans are typically grown between 3,000 and 5,500 feet above sea level

• The Blue Mountains provide the perfect environment for growing the world’s best coffee to include rich soil, proper drainage, significant rainfall, and cool misty climate

When purchasing Blue Mountain coffee, you have a guarantee that beans were harvested in the Saint Thomas, Saint Andrew, Saint Mary, or Portland parish. In fact, you will see the special Blue Mountain label on packages, which again ensures that the coffee is genuine according to the Coffee Industry Regulation Act.

Now, in addition to authentic Blue Mountain coffee, you can purchase other Jamaican grown coffee in Negril. For instance, Jamaica High Mountain coffee beans are grown between 1,500 and 3,000 feet while Jamaica Low Mountain, also called Jamaica Supreme Mountain coffee beans are grown at 1,500 feet or less. These are also delicious choices but nothing compares to the superior quality of Blue Mountain coffee.

Something else you will discover is the different classifications, which include the following:

• Blue Mountain No. 1 – For this, 96% of beans have a screen size of 17/20 but in addition, only 2% or less are defective

• Blue Mountain No. 2 – In this case, 96% of the beans have a screen size of 16/17, again with 2% or less being defective

• Blue Mountain No. 3 – Again, there is a specific screen size for 96% of the beans at 15/16 with 2% or less having defects

• Blue Mountain Peaberry – This classification states that 96% of beans have to be peaberry, which is usually the fruit of a coffee plant that contains two seeds, and again no more than 2% of defects

• Blue Mountain Triage – This last classification of Blue Mountain coffee is made with a variety of bean sizes but along with this, the restriction for serious defects increases to 4% or less