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Jamaican Coffee is a large yellow coffee bean of the Arabica type. Jamaican coffee is grown in the foothills and its flavour is well-balanced and strong, without the finesse of the top-quality originals.

The best Jamaican coffee beans come from the Blue Mountains in the south east of Jamaica, where the two main estates are Mavis Bank and Wallenford, and carry the appellation Jamaican Blue Mountain. Be careful to buy genuine "Blue Mountain" as there are other "Blue Mountain Growths" (e.g Kenyan) and "Blue Mountain blends" that are not the real thing.

Jamaican Blue Mountain should be light medium roast; any darker and it will lose its edge and become more like a Costa Rican coffee. Blue Mountain should have a mellow, sweet and mild flavour.

Further Reading

  • Dowell, P., Bailey, A. (1980) The Book of Ingredients, Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0718119150.