When purchasing Blue Mountain Coffee one as to be vigilant as unscrupulous individuals mixed the authentic Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee with inferior quality beans then marketing it under the Blue Mountain Coffee Brand.
Jamaican coffee is categorized into two types which are The Blue Mountain and Jamaica Prime marketed as Jamaican Mountain Choice Coffee. It is often misconstrued thinking that all coffees grown in Jamaica is Blue Mountain Coffee.
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee brand is protected globally and certified only by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica. The coffee beans can only be grown in the prescribed zone to labeled Blue Mountain Coffee. The farms are also carefully monitored by Coffee board of Jamaica to ensure the product quality and integrity. The Blue Mountain Coffee is grown on the in Blue Mountains between 2000 to 5000 feet above sea level. This unique area is absolutely perfect for coffee production. Consequently, The Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the most sorts after on the world market.
The Blue Mountains are located between the parishes of Kingston and Portland. They rise to crest at about 7,403 feet which makes them the highest mountains in the Caribbean. The climate on the Blue Mountains is cool and misty with a high volume of rainfall and the soil is rich with exceptional drainage. This recipe of climate, atmosphere and soil is considered ideal for coffee.
Jamaica Prime (Jamaica Mountain Choice Coffee) is grown in Manchester, St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Ann, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth. These farms are located on low altitude where the climate is a bit different. This Jamaican coffee is of premium class but a bit over shadow by the Blue Mountain Coffee brand.
Jamaican coffee production is believe to have started about 1728 by former Governor, Sir Nicolas Lawes who first planted coffee plant at Temple Hall, St. Andrew. The Jamaican climatic conditions were so suited for coffee that after 80 years there were six hundred coffee plantations on the island. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is about 15% of the complete coffee production in Jamaica. It is also one of the world’s most expensive justified by its rich taste and aroma. The scarcity of the Jamaican coffee also adds to the mystique which aids in the price and popularity.
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