Kingston Coffee Culture

Ten new cafes opened in Kingston over the last 12 months.
Its a record number of cafes in the struggling Jamaican economy. Moreover the city didn’t even drink quality coffee until recently. The farms instead chose to export the best grades to Japan and most Jamaicans drink cheap instant shit.
Reduced export earnings forced farms to find new markets and that new market is domestic. It has resulted in the Starbucks culture finally brewing its way into the island even without a phsyical store presence.
Kingston now probably has about 15-20 proper cafes. Many are within hotels but also on every decent mall. The owner of one of the pioneering cafes said: “Where are most of these cafes now. I expect them to continue disappearing in a year”.

Difference between Jamaica Blue Mountain and High Mountain coffee

Simply put Jamaica Blue Mountain (JBM) is the premium brand and Jamaica High Mountain is the satisfactory brand.
JBM is characterized by a smooth, low acidity and full body. Jamaica High Mountain is characterized by fuller body, chocolately taste with mid (acidity) bitterness.
JBM at $25 per 8oz is basically twice the price of high mountain.
Geographically JBM is grown at an elevation beyond 2,000 ft in the mountain range of the Blue Mountains on the easterly side of Jamaica. Whilst High mountain comes from various areas in the island.
JBM is serious coffee and the microclimate offers that premium super luxury taste that’s renowned globally. That said, High Mountain is the better choice for mixed milk based drinks including cappos, lattes and the sort.

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Jamaica blue mountain coffee dips 40% to US$11 million

The annual crop earning of Jamaica  coffee dipped to $11m from $18m due the reduced crop output due to rust disease. In fact the reduction in supply actually upped the price. However we at JAMAICAMOCHA continue to keep prices at bay due to sourcing.

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Wallenford for divestment

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Wallenford, the largest producer of coffee in the island is being divested by Government to the larger than life entrepreneur Micheal Lee-Chin, a Canadian/Jamaican billionaire. He made his fortune in banking and real estate.

This is the latest round of coffee divestments by the government in an attempt to fortify the Jamaica Blue Mountain brand for future growth and development.

Wallenford sells for up to $40 per 1/2 pound on its website but we offer for US$24 almost half price.

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