Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – A Review

When you’re given some 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, and asked to try it and write a review one shouldn’t hesitate. I’m so glad I said yes. This batch comes from Coffee Roasters of Jamaica (brother-in-law of my co-worker).

As you’ll see in the pictures below, they spared no expense with the packaging. I really appreciate the attention to detail, from the burlap bag to the “wax” seal. The vacuum resealable bag was great to maintain optimum freshness. The roast was medium which gives it a broad appeal. I brewed using a traditional drip method, pourover, and french press. See my conclusion below.

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French Press

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Given the high price of this coffee (due to the law of supply and demand) most of the time you’ll find blends and not 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain. I’ve only had 100% a few times, but this coffee was definitely memorable. As stated above, I brewed this three ways. The drip method was consistent and decent, the pourover (or is it pour-over or pour over?) was nice and clean, but the french press was the best way to enjoy this coffee. The extra time steeping brings out the smooth flavor and pleasing nose, and there was a good amount of crema. It would be nice to have the option of a darker roast, but trust me this coffee is worth every penny. Splurge on yourself and enjoy. You can buy some today and learn more about their roasting and business on their website: www.countrytraders.com.

Life is too short to drink bad coffee.

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Comments: 4

  1. Mark Fletcher February 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm Reply

    Hi, Nathan! This is Mark Fletcher, owner of Country Traders. Thanks for the wonderful review! We really appreciate it here in Jamaica. We actually do have a dark roast, (special order only) so we’ll make sure you get some the next time @dhgoodall has coffee shipped to Cornell. :-)

    Please let us know if you ever come to Jamaica. I know you’re a coffee connoisseur, so we’d be happy to give you a tour of our factory.

    • Nathan February 24, 2014 at 1:46 pm Reply

      Thanks for sending the coffee. Nice to know about a dark roast. I would love to visit Jamaica and get a tour!

  2. Mike February 23, 2014 at 11:46 pm Reply

    We had this years ago — 2004, I suspect — at Fairway Market’s restaurant in NYC, and it was definitely memorable. One of the best coffees of memory. French press then, too.

    • Nathan February 24, 2014 at 11:15 am Reply

      Good to hear that coffee helps keep your memory sharp!

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