Ok, So there the coffee festival planned for the first weekend in March. Interested , well it depends on whether coffee is your love or your money-muse. The first day, March 1 is business Development workshops For Farmers.
Don’t let that deter you. It’s really the perfect day for overseas and locals roasters and traders who want to meet with local farmers and processors. After all we all want the access to the holy grail–Green beans. You can barter with the farmers or play hard ball with the licensed processors. Last year like this year, the farmer workshops happened in the hills of the blue mountains.
So those who need the best beans can take a visit. I doubt there’s an entrance fee like the festival itself on Saturday and Sunday at J$1,500 or about $12 USD.
A private entity is now actively engaged in raising capital to carry the coffee chain Starbucks to Jamaica, it is understood.
The entity secured the services of an investment house to consider viable methods of raising funds, it is understood.
The players want to put the first location in Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. There are over 4 million passengers that commute through the airport annually. Visitors to the airport can buy an array of coffees from the airport including from Cafe Blue, Jablum, Coffee Roasters Jamaica.
Earlier this year local media reported that Starbucks is considering entering the island along with other Caribbean territories in the medium term.
Who are the two private sector players seeking to acquire the
Starbucks franchise in Jamaica–They are both in hospitality sector, the
Of course local players are concerned about the implications of a coffee giant entering the land of luxury coffee. Brands that sell to Starbucks including Amber Estate and Wallenford.
Will Starbucks increase the coffee culture? Will Starbucks improve a
cup of local coffee? Or would it simply increase the price? Let’s see. Not all cafe players are upbeat about the prospects especially those who earn from the tourist market.