If you don’t know already, Jamaica Blue Mountain is one of the finest coffees that money can buy and I recently had the pleasure of trying it for the first time.
Whilst there are several strains of coffee grown on the island of Jamaica, only a select amount can be called ‘Jamaica Blue Mountain’. Because of this limited amount, it is one of the priciest coffees around (£25 per 100g for the one I tried).
Jamaica Blue Mountain isgrown only at the eastern end of the Island of Jamaica, north of Kingston.
In that area, mountains reach their highest point at the Blue Mountain Peak, rising over 7,000 feet above sea level. This high altitude along with cool, misty weather results in the coffee beans taking longer to mature – up to 10 months from bloom to harvest…twice as long as most growing regions. The high altitude also ensures the coffee has berry-like properties with an ultra smooth finish just like you’d expect from a premium wine.
The batch I tried was a dark roast, which is a particular favourite of mine, whichever coffee I try.
It was sourced from our local fine tea and coffee shop – Bollands, which is based on the rows in Chester and is somewhere every tea and coffee lover should check out if they ever pop into Chester.
As ever, I brewed the coffee and drank it black. I’m not a snob about milk, I just prefer to try every coffee black first, I find it makes it easier to pick out the different notes within each coffee.
As I expected, this is a beautiful coffee to drink, it was silky, rich with flavour and had citrus notes and an after taste a little bit like those malted milk biscuits your grandma used to give you as a kid.
One thing I found seperated this coffee from others I have tried, was its consistency. Every sip delivered the same flavours and finish from the first to the last. It’s a realtively mild coffee with a delicate flavour and no sharp edges, even though it was a dark roast. It’s certainly a far cry from the Grumpy Mule that I’ve previously reviewed.
This coffee really is a joy to taste and one I will definitely buy again come pay day!
If you’re looking for a coffee that is full-bodied that is well-balanced and delivers subtle acidity and a smooth finishwithout leaving a single trace of bitterness, then get saving and invest in some Jamaica Blue Mountain.
See my short rating for the Jamaica Blue Mountain below
Price for 100g – £25
Available to buy here: bollandsofchester.co.uk
All star ratings are out of 5
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