Jamaica Blue Mountain® Coffee is the name given to the coffee grown in the Jamaican Blue Mountains. Only coffee grown on farms between 3,000 and 5,500 feet can be called Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. The plants are predominantly of the Arabica variety, the clay soil and north-westerly facing terraces combined with the cool moderate Blue Mountain weather help to make the ideal conditions for growing the world’s finest coffee. The unusual and rare quality of the coffee is obtained from a variety of factors, such as the amount of rain in the mountains (300 inches annually), the soil and the limited amount of sunshine. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee berries take twice as long as other coffee berries to mature .This prolonged time on the coffee plant makes for the rich, mild flavour prized by coffee connoisseurs.
The Coffee Industry Board
The Coffee Industry Board is responsible for the monitoring and development of the Jamaican Blue Mountain Brand. They are also responsible for issuing licences, and trademarks to coffee dealers and growers alike. To obtain one or both of these trademarks, the standards set out by the Coffee Industry Board have to be adhered.