St. Ives Coffee Roasters
Jamaican Blue Mountain – Mavis Bank
Understated, barely felt dry tones animate a roundly balanced cup embellished by teasing hints of deep-toned fruit and a shimmer of flowers. In the rich, long finish the fruit modulates toward chocolate. As the coffee cools a slight flatness mars the profile, perhaps a drying fault. I evaluated this coffee mainly on the basis of its full, lovely balance when hot.
Understated, barely felt dry tones animate a roundly balanced cup embellished by teasing hints of deep-toned fruit and a shimmer of flowers. Mavis Bank is neither plantation nor farm, but a coffee mill that, like all Blue Mountain mills, buys and processes coffee from owners of surrounding small farms. Mavis Bank is the oldest and most traditional of currently operating Blue Mountain coffee mi
Who Should Drink It
It 's not too fanciful to suggest that this rich, low-toned Caribbean cup brings a bit of the luminous mists of the Blue Mountains to our often less-than-luminous winter days. And since this is winter, I 'm sure no one will let this coffee cool down enough to let that hint of hardness disturb the deep, smooth completeness of the cup.
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This review originally appeared in the November, 1999 tasting report: Holiday Coffees