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Climate / Geography
Arabica coffee loves the nitrogen and phosphorus-rich soil of Jamaica and nowhere else better than the steep elevations of the Blue Mountains. Located north of Kingston on the eastern side of the island, the Blue Mountains rise to elevations of 2,350 metres. The bean cultivated is mostly Arabica Typica; it thrives in the fertile, volcanic soil, regular rainfall and, most importantly, under the islands misty cloud cover, to shade it from the burning sun. All these factors combine to develop a coffee with exceptional sweetness and aroma, rich flavour, and full body with mild acidity. Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is legally defined under Jamaican law as consisting of certain geographically defined coffee estates above 3,000 feet.
- Country: Jamaica
- Altitude: 600 - 2000 metres
- Method: Fully washed
Deep in the Blue Mountains lies the Mavis Bank Central Processing Unit. Coffee was first cultivated here by Augustus Munn, and with the help of his son, Victor Munn, the estate grew to become the Mavis Bank Central Factory. Mavis Bank estate has been family run ever since, producing Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee to its high standards for almost a century. Under the leadership of Victor Munn’s nephew, Keble Munn, Mavis Bank grew to handle 40% of the island’s Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee production. Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is a legally protected name, ensuring that only coffee that meets the quality standards of Jamaica Blue Mountain, can legally carry the name Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.