Less is More When it Comes to Blue Mountain
Jamaica produces only 4 to 5 million pounds of coffee every year – a tiny amount compared to even modest coffee-producing countries like Honduras, which produces more than 4 times that amount. At the other end of the spectrum is Brazil, the largest coffee producing country in the world, with 5.7 billion (with a “b”) pounds.
Government Sanctioned Quality Control
In 1950, after worldwide demand for the region’s coffee beans led to a production race that temporarily reduced the quality of the beans, the government stepped in and created The Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica (CIB). Since then, CIB monitors all aspects of the industry and enforces strict regulations on production, sorting, tasting and quality control to maintain its standing.
Blue Mountain for Adults
The richness and smooth flavor of the famous Blue Mountain beans are not just confined to good old cups of coffee. Tia Maria dark liqueur – Jamaica’s answer to Kahlúa – is made with Blue Mountain coffee beans, and increasingly the beans are used in a variety of cocktails. At Island Coffees Café in Ocho Rios, they feature a full menu of coffee cocktails in addition to serving up Blue Mountain Coffee hot for locals and visitors. Among the most popular are Mountain Toddy, made with Blue Mountain Coffee, Blackwell Rum and full cream, and Coffee Blue, made with Curacao and coffee.
Most Blue Mountain Ends Up Half the World Away
Blue Mountain Coffee’s reputation often precedes it when visitors come to Jamaica, a fact that ensures high-end hotels and resorts will make it readily available to them. “It’s quite popular among our guests,” says social concierge Kemarlo Clarke at Moon Palace Jamaica in Ocho Rios, “Our coffee-drinking guests usually ask about Blue Mountain coffee and request it at our restaurants and coffee shops.”