Jamaica washed Arabica Blue Mountain Grade 1 - JAH B Estate

Spot: Vollers Hamburg
Quantity Available: 20 barrel with GrainPro of 15kg
SKU
102528-939
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Unit of Measure barrel with GrainPro of 15kg
Status Spot
Warehouse Vollers Hamburg
Bag Type Grain Pro Barrel
Crop 21/22
Batch 102528
Region Blue Mountain
Process Washed
Producer JAH B Estate

The 400ha farm called „Jah B Estate“ is located in the picturesque mountainside of the famous Blue Mountains near St. Thomas and has an extraordinary history to tell. Whereas other settled farms in the region have a long-lasting coffee family tradition to look at and an established reputation, Jah B Estate‘s dedication to professional coffee cultivation is relatively recent. The farmer of the Estate, called „Jah B“ himself, inherited 2010 a run-down farm of his uncle, not knowing where his efforts would lead. It was together with the support and rugged pioneer work during three years of two ambitious young men from Germany that made it possible that Jah B‘s fine coffee could finally find its way beyond Jamaican borders in 2014.

Jah B‘s name gives expression to the owner‘s belief in the Afro - Caribbean spirituality of the Rastafari. The name is taken from Ras Tafari: The title „Ras“ (=Ethiopian title for prince) and the first name (Tafari Makonnen) of Haile Selassie I before his coronation. Jah is a Biblical name of God, so most adherents see Haile Selassie as Jah Rastafari, the Messiah. In their daily life - based on mainly Hebrew dietary laws - Rastas avoid food that is chemically modified or contains artificial additives. Therefore, as a convinced follower of this personal philosophy, Jah B also transfers this faith to his coffee trees and does not use pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Mainly eating what is grown on his fields, Jah B also plants banana, lime, mango, akee, breadfruit, avocado, and jackfruit. The coffee plants grow unshaded but benefit from the cloudy and misty climate the nearby forest provides.

Coffee first arrived in Jamaica in the early 18th century, when the Governor of Jamaica brought home some coffee plants from the French colony of Martinique and planted them in the St. Andrew parish. For quite some time, production remained low, until coffee production spread from the area of St. Andrew up to the Blue Mountains by the end of the century. The coffee plants thrived in the higher altitudes, and the coffee industry experienced a boom until 1814. Then, production started to decline over time and failed to keep up with competing industries. Not only did the country produce much less coffee at the end of the 19th century, but there was also a noticeable drop in quality. Several governmental actions failed to improve the situation until the 1950s when the Jamaican Coffee Board was established. From then on, Jamaica slowly recovered and coffee from the Blue Mountain region experienced a rising global demand.

In Jamaica, coffee is mainly grown on small plots of land at altitudes ranging from 100 to 1,650 meters above sea level. Many farmers have been growing coffee for generations. Only coffee grown at altitudes between 900 – 1,500 masl. in the area of St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary can be labeled Blue Mountain coffee. At these altitudes, the climate is ideal for coffee production. It is colder than the rest of the island due to the moisture-laden northeast winds. These winds hit the coast and rise into the mountains, where they meet cooler air, causing heavy clouds and dense fog. This reduces the exposure to sunlight, slowing down the development of the coffee cherry. Due to the slowed ripening process, the coffee beans develop a very special, rich aroma. While the overall production is still comparably small, accounting for only 0.02% of the global supply in 2015, Jamaica’s coffee industry is slowly recovering from the obstacles of the past.

 

CONTINENTNorth America
COFFEE REGIONSBlue Mountain
COFFEE ALTITUDES100 - 1,650 masl.
VARIETIESCaturra, Typica, Geisha
HARVEST PERIODJan - Feb
COFFEE FARMSSmallholders and plantations
AVERAGE FARM SIZE0.5 – 5 ha
YEARLY PRODUCTION (IN 60KG BAGS)110.000
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