Once again, Reggie’s Roast Coffee has imported our own “Homegrown” Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee from our farms in Jamaica! Last year was a look into the future for Reggie’s Roast coffee being able to grow, process, import, and freshly roast our Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee directly from our farms.
What make this such a big deal? Well let’s start with the 5-6000 coffee farmers in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains that grow on small farms, back yards, and any and all available land that is suitable for farming. Next, take into account that coffee trees take up to 5 years to produce quality coffee and one tree yields roughly one half pound of green coffee that can be considered exportable by The Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica. This means no marks, holes or defects can be present or visible to the eye, and must meet CIB cupping standards.
Reggie’s Roast Coffee has been growing Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee from our farms since 1999, working with local farmers and co-ops to pool their resources and have their coffee processed. This is how most small coffee farmers work to sell their cherries after harvest. There are several “float
stations” that farmers can bring their cherries to to be examined by the processor. The unripe cherries sink and will not be purchased by the processor. From there, the cherries are pulped, dried and stored for a period of up to two months to age and reach the proper moisture content before being sent to the C.I.B. for inspection, certification, and export.
Most Coffee farmers dealings end at this point and they will then be compensated for their cherries by the processor and begin to work the fields. However, for the past two years, we take the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee from our farms to the next step. Our lot is processed by Blue Mountain Coffee Venture with out any other coffee from any other farms, which becomes known as an “Estate Coffee” simply meaning it comes specifically from one farm/grower only. This distinction is slight form farm to farm depending on the various irrigation and farming techniques used while the coffee is maturing. These subtleties can be tasted slightly from farm to farm, giving each estate it’s distinc profile.
As the coffee climate in Jamaica is changing regarding Global demands and the higher prices being paid to coffee farmers, there is a growing number of smaller processors beginning to take shape allowing farmers like us to process and import Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee from our farms. This is a sign of a growing and prosperous future as Coffee Farmers may be able to create a more sustainable way of farming for themselves. To the consumer, higher prices are not a welcomed sign, but think about it from the farmers point of view. He is given a higher profit for a few years and can invest in equipment to process and make his farm sustainable as a farmer and processor, which can mean more Blue Mountain Coffee for years to come. This is the opposite of previous times when prices dip and farmers abandon their fields since the crop is not as valuable. and when demand surges, everyone is once again planting coffee.
As with any agricultural product, there are always ups and downs, but it is good to see the small farmers making upward moves. As a small farmer ourselves, importing our Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee from our farms is a big step even though it is a small amount, it is held in the highest of regard.
A limited amount of our Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is still available!
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