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Apr 18, 2002 03:23 PM

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee

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I bought some of this about ten years ago and thought it was terrific. Is anybody trying this nowdays and what do you think. Is the price too much for you to purchase it. Thanks.

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  1. I tried this and didn't care for it for the price. I think there are much better coffees out there for the money.

    Kona coffee at Trader Joe's is good. Another one I just found that I like is La Minita Tarrazu. I got some from Coffee Bean and Tea leaf, but I also ordered some from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( Their price was much more reasonable even with shipping.

    Another coffee I like is the coffee served at Emerils restaurants and on his website. I know its Standard Brand coffee, but haven't found anywhere else to buy it except his website. Buying it off his website is expensive. If anyone knows where else I can order it from, let me know.


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    1. re: LisaN

      Kona has a really different flavor, no matter what the brand. I recently purchased a package of both Kona and Jamaican Blue Mountain at Costco, and paid something like $20 for two pounds of Kona and the same for a much smaller package of JBM. Results? I still like Kona better because it is a lighter roast.

    2. I've had it at expensive restuarants, but wasn't all that impressed. My undivided loyalty goes to Peets, which has retail stores mainly in northern California but some in So Cal, and a website for mail order (think it's Great stuff.

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      1. re: Tom M.

        Amen to Peet's (Sumatra is my mother's milk) and by the way, they're in Portland now (2 stores).

        1. re: Hunter

          Agreed on Peets!

          I've had people bring me back Blue Mountain from trips to Jamaica, but I think it's the stuff you see at the airport gift shops: roasted months ago and sitting on the store shelves for months. Terrible sour stuff. Came in a burlap sack though, which I guess didn't hurt.

          Given how expensive blue mountain is and the fact that a large number of coffee purveyors aren't as concerned as they should be about freshness, I think the money would be better spent elsewhere.

          1. re: N8 E

            Peets indeed. For those who live in London there are several excellent alternatives, including Monmouth and Union. As for Blue Mountain, its high price comes from a combination of difficult growing conditions and superhype in its promotion. A great name, and easy to remember -- rolls melifluously off the tongue.

            1. re: John Whiting

              We get two pounds of Peet's Italian roast sent to us every six weeks. We signed up for automatic shipments which are billed to a credit card. It's very reilable service. There's nothing we've found in the DC area that compares in quality to Peet's beans.

              1. re: zora

                Sumatra and gold coast that I buy at Starbucks beats Jamaica by a mile.

                1. re: Ron

                  Yes, two of my favorite regulars, along with Verona.

                2. re: zora

                  Yes! Italian Roast is my regular choice at home as well. I get it ground for espresso at the shop down the street and use it in my espresso machine. And, lucky guy that I am, my office actually uses Peets' French Roast in the coffee maker. No downstairs Starbucks for me!

                  1. re: zora

                    Peet's Major Dickason's Blend is the closest that coffee comes to sex. :-)

          2. Tried some when I was in Jamaica last year. I wasn't terribly impressed by it so I didn't buy it. When I saw that a lot of coffee places sell it here I was floored by how much the price was inflated (I know shipping and other taxes/fees were factored into the cost, but still ridiculous).

            When I tried it in Jamaica, they just pour the coffee out and mix it with condensed milk (since it's hard to find fresh milk out there). It just tasted like strong coffee with condensed milk. I don't know if that's how you like to have the coffee, but I honestly didn't think the taste was worth its price (even if I bought it from Jamaica).

            1. Diedrich Coffee sometimes has Blue Mountain beans for about $35 for 10 oz. I bought some as a gift for my brother, he loves Jamaica, and strong coffee. As for the flavor it was pretty similar to other Central/south American coffees...I could not tell any difference. Its caffeine content seems higher than average.... still my brother would prefer 3 bags of Dietrich Guatemalan for the price...

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              1. re: ciaolette

                About a dozen years ago when I was living in SoCal, I bought a pound of Blue Mountain at Diedrich for about $20. It was absolutely the best coffee I've ever had to date. The flavor is indescribable, and comparable to what a really good red wine tastes like compared to the ordinary stuff. The depth and flavor was intense, but not bitter in the slightest. I would love to get some more, but my wife isn't so fond of coffee these days and I mostly drink the Maxwell House swill in the office pot or grind my Trader Joe beans at home on weekends.

              2. I like it as a special treat. I usually only buy the beans from, where it's currently discounted (it's still a steep price). I like the smoothness of the coffee and almost chocolatey taste.

                I usually get Sumatra or Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans, but I also buy their organic French Roast for the espresso drinkers at work.