Avoid bad Jamaica coffee 

Avoid bad Jamaican coffee by knowing what’s the best Jamaican coffee. 

Here’s a ranking list of the best Jamaican coffees.  

The bad coffees normally can come from overseas based mixed coffee which purports to be 100% authentic Jamaica Blue Mountain(JBM). Local brands that suck tended to come from one established brand. 

That brand occasionally put out questionable coffee on the local market. Good news however is that the brand was recently acquired. That resulted in the crosschecking of batches to ensure quality standards are maintained.

On another matter, buyers should never buy locally packaged coffee with unknown names. Things which seem too good to be true–usually disappoint.

 JBM usually sells for $25 per 8oz plus shipping. So JBM at $10-15 per 8oz is very fake. No one would buy a new BMW for $9,000, no one would trust it. Yet people risk their senses and health by purchasing cheap bulk coffee.

 If you are the one making the coffee open your senses. The aroma, fatness and evenness of the beans should be without reproach.  

The taste should be balanced with complex levels of flavour and no bitterness. 

Avoid bad coffee by knowing great coffees and sticking to them. Test brands you are not familiar with in small quantities and compare to established brands you know.

At Jamaicamocha we test all the coffee we sell and provide a fair no nonsense rank to inform your purchase consideration.


Starbucks Guatemalan Antiguan versus Jamaica Blue Mountain

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I’ve oft heard that Antigua Guatemala best compares to beans from Jamaica. So I bought a bag at Starbucks and compared.

Bean inspection: Mid-sized and fairly consistent. Not surprisingly, Starbucks over-roasted the beans. Its more medium-dark than medium as described. This meant that the lemons and fruitiness would likely have given way to a stronger chocolate taste profile.

Method: Coffee press

Taste profile: Spicy on top, deep spike of chocolate in middle, and smooth on back end.

Tips: Lovely and chocolately with heavier body brewing methods such as coffee press over paper filters.

Comparison to JBM: More spicy but less balance. JBM chocolate tends to emerge more gradually and often times balanced with vanilla tones.

JBM costs four times as much per pound compared to Antiguan. So it is a great coffee for the price. Of course JBM remains quality that’s rarely matched.
Personally I would mix JBM and Antiguan together to get a quality affordable cup.

Large Mavis Bank Coffee losses US$660,000

Lovers of Jablum will have to wait longer for roasted whole beans based on a coffee shortage which led to losses at the factory (pictured below).
Large Jamaica coffee factory Mavis Bank which makes Jablum Jamaica blue mountain coffee lost  J$41 million (US$356,000) to its 50% stake holder Jamaica Producers Group up to its December 2104 year end. That equates to US$713,000 in total.
The factory continues to struggle from an island wide coffee shortage which resulted in farmers doubling prices to Mavis Bank compared with year earlier levels.

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JP stated in Its just released financials that the group has a 50% holding in a joint venture company, Mavis Bank Coffee Factory
Limited that processes and sells Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. “Up to December 31, 2014,
the group’s contribution to that joint venture was $136 million (2013: $136 million) used for working capital financing and start-up.”

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