WHAT MAKES JAMAICA BLUE MOUNTAIN COFFEE SO SPECIAL?
The majestic Jamaica Blue Mountains stretch across the country and rise over 7,000 feet above sea level. Ancient, extinct volcanoes has left us with centuries of nutrient rich soil of exceptional quality – practically botanical ‘ super food’ for the coffee cherries.
The climate of the region is cool and misty with high rainfall, and the soil is rich, with excellent drainage. This combination of climate and soil quality is ideal for the coffee plants. The Jamaican Blue Mountains are a fertile mix of heavily wooded slopes, rich annual rainfall, and a very low average temperature despite its tropical location caused by the dense cloud cover.
The cloud cover ensures a slowed maturation rate of the coffee cherries – in fact the maturation rate from bloom to harvest in the Jamaica Blue Mountains averages ten months, as compared to five or six months in other coffee producing countries. That is a significant contributing factor the complexity and depth of the coffee.