100% Jamaica Blue Mountain - Stoneleigh Estate Coffee Beans

Medium Roast

Stoneleigh Estate Jamaica Blue Mountain is a delightfully well balanced coffee with a rounded and slightly floral acidity and a vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. Medium roasted, the coffee has a velvety mouthfeel and vanilla cocoa tones in the finish.

Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee can claim its origins from a decision taken by a French King in the 18th Century. In 1723, King Louis XV sent three coffee plants to the French colony of Martinique - another lush, fertile island 1,900 kilometres south-west of Jamaica. Five years later in 1728, Sir Nicholas Lawes, Governor of Jamaica, received a gift of one coffee plant from the Governor of Martinique.

From that one Arabica coffee plant, an exquisite coffee was introduced to the world. This one plant was nurtured and a plantation grown. Within nine years, the first coffee was exported and the Jamaican coffee industry was born.

Over 30 years ago St Clair Shirley decided to follow his dream to farm the renowned Jamaica Blue Mountains.  The family continues St Clair's work to produce coffee of great and consistent quality at the Stoneleigh estate high in the parish of St Andrews in the heart of the Jamaica Blue Mountains.

Arabica coffee loves the nitrogen and phosphorus-rich soil of Jamaica and nowhere else better than the steep elevations of the Blue Mountains. Located north of Kingston on the eastern side of the island, the Blue Mountains rise to elevations of 2,350 metres. The bean cultivated is mostly Arabica Typica.

The coffee thrives in the fertile, volcanic soil, regular rainfall and most importantly, under the island’s misty cloud cover, to shade it from the burning sun. All these factors combine to develop coffee with exceptional sweetness and aroma, rich flavour, and full body with mild acidity.

To be called Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, it must be grown at altitudes of up to 1,800 metres in the Parishes of Portland, St Andrew, St. Mary and St Thomas; comprising an area of some 6,000 hectares – the size of a large estate in one of the high volume coffee-growing countries. Coffee farming in the Blue Mountains is characterised by mostly small holdings of up to 4 hectares but there are larger estates of up to 70 hectares in size. There are around 15,000 small holders and estates in total.

The area where Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee plants are cultivated is strictly controlled. The area is relatively small and its exportable annual production varying between 400 metric tons and 1,000 metric tonnes is tiny by world standards, equivalent to 0.1 % of Colombian production.

£17.50 GBP In stock

Tasting and Cupping notes

Roast Medium Roast