What is Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee

This outstanding coffee is grown in the famous Blue Mountain range in the island of Jamaica. The mountains reach up to approximately 7,402 feet which make coffee grown on these peaks one of the  highest altitude grown coffees plants in the world.


Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee has an incredible mix high rainfall good soil drainage, rich volcanic soil, and cool and misty mountain conditions. Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee expert coffee farmers have a history of care and stringent quality control grows the smoothest, richest and best gourmet coffee in the world.

Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is probably of the most popular and in demand coffees in the world. This "Rolls-Royce of coffee" has been popular with coffee connoisseurs from around the world for more than the last two centuries. Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is famous for its intense bold aroma, good acidity, exquisite flavor, a clean and refined taste, an unusual sweetness and an excellent body.

Volcanica’s Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is imported directly from one of the few authorized growers on the island.

The popularity and high demand for this gourmet coffee has resulted in some coffee retailers and roasters selling other coffees under the Jamaica Blue Mountain label. Because of this, all shipments of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee must be certified and approved and by the only certifying agency, the Jamaica Coffee Industry Board.

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is the most famous specialty coffee and has its own strain of coffee bean described as blue-green beans. The country of Japan purchases 90% of the yearly crop and the rest is exported mostly to North America. Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee from Volcanica is certified by the Jamaica Coffee Industry Board.

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee History

In 1730 the British introduced coffee to Jamaica, initiating the long and fascinating history of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. Sir Nicholas Lawes, Governor of Jamaica, imported Arabica seedlings from the Island of Martinique. The new home was a natural and coffee production expanded. Government support and instruction in the art of cultivation allowed the industry to develop in reputation and quality.

In the years between 1728 and 1768, the Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee industry developed largely in the area at the foothills of St. Andrew. This then expanded into the Blue Mountains.

In 1891 the industry was experiencing problems so legislation was developed to provide and teach the art of cultivation and curing coffee plants. Efforts were made to increase the production of coffee and to establish a central processing and grading system. This effort to raise the quality level was not successful until in 1943 when the quality deterioration resulted in Canadian market refusing shipments. Canada was at that time was the largest purchaser of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.

The Government established a Central Coffee Clearing House in 1944. All coffee for export had to be process through the Clearing House where it was cleaned and graded. This resulted in the vast improvement in the quality of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.

The Coffee Industry Board was established in 1950 to officially raise and maintain the quality of coffee exports. These efforts have now placed Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee as one of the top coffees in high demand by coffee aficionados around the world.