Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is a hot commodity on the world market. Most noted for its lack of bitterness, full body and aroma. It fetches top price because of the quality beans coupled with the relatively low supply. It is grown in a specific area of Jamaica where the temperature and biodiversity is just right to produce the world's best coffee. For this reason the demand always exceeds the supply.
The coffee bean is actually a berry that grows on shrub. These shrubs thrive best in tropics which have temperate temperatures. However, although the shrubs do well in these conditions the ideal temperatures are between 60 to 80 degrees. Lower temperatures will cause damages to the foliage and the trunks of the plants, while higher temperature slows the growth.
Jamaica, Colombia, Costa Rica, Java, Guatemala, Kenya, Peru and Sumatra are some of the best known coffee producing countries. While almost all coffee from these countries are of good quality, different conditions and growing methods can alter the taste one way or another.
This coffee is grown on the Blue Mountains of Jamaica which peak at 7,403 ft. The climatic conditions along with the natural organic materials which exist there are just perfect. At this altitude the average temperature is about 65 degrees which makes it ideal for the growing of the coffee. The rainfall is right in balance and the drainage is not a problem because they are grown on slopes.
These berries are unique in certain ways. The beans inside are benefited from the outer part of the fruits. Like other fruits, the slower they arrive to maturity is the better the taste. In this case these berries do better when grown in a climate that has a big swing between day and night temperatures. This slows down the maturing process, which resulting in beans that lack bitterness while contributing to its beautiful aroma.
Stevert Mckenzie, Travel Enthusiast.