Barnie's Coffee & Tea
Jamaica Blue Mountain
|Roaster Location:||Orlando, Florida|
|Coffee Origin:||Blue Mountain growing region, eastern Jamaica.|
|Est. Price:||$45.99 / 16 oz.|
|Review Date:||March 2010|
Blind Assessment: A difficult coffee to evaluate. On the upside deep-toned, rich, syrupy in mouthfeel, with a sweetly pungent fruit that suggests pineapple or butterscotch with perhaps a hint of dark chocolate. A very mild but distinct earthy mildew shadows and partly contributes to the richness.
Notes: Blue Mountain, grown in the lush, lovely mountains to the northeast of Kingston, Jamaica, is one of the world's best-known coffees and also one of the most expensive. Founded in 1980, Barnie's is one of the largest privately owned coffee companies in the United States, with locations in several southeastern states as well as in the Middle East and Europe. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who like things svelte but unkempt. I suspect that it may have been rich but imperfect coffees like this one that originally made the Blue Mountain reputation.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2010 tasting report: Island Coffees: Hawaii and the Caribbean