Deaf Can! the not for profit coffee enterprise that trains deaf students in the art of coffee got the most exposure at the Jamaica Coffee Festival even above global brands Starbucks.
Why– for a few reasons.
First, patrons were not seeking out Seattle roasted coffee (or re-imported Jamaica coffee). So Starbucks prominent stall was largely empty. Largely ignored.
Second, Deaf Can! assisted three companies which led the company to have three cobranded booths at a coffee festival. That resulted in them having arguably the largest floor space. Third , they offered a zany cold brew coffee made from peaberries. It represented one of the most innovative core coffee drinks on display.
DeafCan is currently seeking to raise about $7.5 million from the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange to properly finance their coffee farm in Mandeville. Why not check out their business model here .
Over 15 Jamaica coffee brands are represnted at the festival. Notable absent brands are Jablum and Wallenford. There was a cobranded Cannonball and Jablum stall but no marketing beyond a small Jablum banner.
Love Jamaica Coffee but can’t be at the festival consider these coffees .
OK, you know you are large when websites are putting your work on coffee mugs. This ‘laugh now chimp’ was stenciled in various parts of the UK but now has made its way to a coffee mug hahah.
The Banksy Laugh Now Chimp coffee mug shows a dejected chimpanzee wearing a billboard around its neck with the slogan “Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge”. Maybe people buying the mug will see it miraculously shatter before their eyes.
I wonder if Banksy likes Jamaica Blue Mountain in his cup.
Jamaica Blue Mountain (JBM) coffee dealers are now in Japan (late September) seeking to secure new contracts. Japan is a mature market that buys 85 per cent of the total JBM crop. So any new contract secured would likely mean that another player lost marketshare.
Japan loves JBM but its not exactly selling like rice cakes. So reports are that the inventory of JBM is growing.
As a result Japan buyers wants a lower price for the JBM. And they are likely to get it, as supply now outpaces demand. In other words there’s a lot of beans going around.
Whatever happens in Japan affects the world. So that means that you–the reader on Jamaicamocha will reap cheaper prices on luxury roasted beans. Want even lower prices contact us and we will make it happen.
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.
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.
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.”