Coffee shortage continues to affect the availability of Jamaica Blue Mountain JBM beans. Its based on a confluence of factors now led by drought.
Less beans resulted in price increases of roughly 40% in real terms to consumers. Interestingly small farmers benefit with box prices of coffee cherries inching past J$8,000 (U$70).
” I hear they paying up to J$9,500 a box,” a source indicated.
To consumers it resulted in a shortage of favourite brands.
For instance, the beans of large supplier Jablum remain out of stock–going three months now or since November. “We won’t have brand before April,” another source said this week.
Twymans –started restricting sales.
Amber–only has ground available but peaberry beans are still available in its ‘Supreme’ brand
Island Blue –beans are once again available in limited supplies
Wallenford Estate–has beans
Cafe Blue —beans available
Coffee Traders–beans available
CRJ –beans and kcups available.