According to legend, coffee plants were first introduced into Martinique in the Caribbean by Gabriel de Clieu, a French naval explorer. In 1725 the governor of Jamaica, Sir Nicholas Laws, purchased seedlings that were descendant of Clieu's coffee plants.
The Blue Mountain region is Jamaica's highest-elevation area at over 2,250 meters (7,400 feet) and one of the highest profile coffee-growing regions of the world. Jamaica's reputation as a luxury vacation destination adds to the romance and perception of quality associated with coffee grown here. The small growing region keeps supply of the coffees limited but the industry remains extremely important to the Jamaican economy. Indeed, the Jamaican Coffee Industry Board inspects and certifies all exported coffee before it can be labeled as Blue Mountain.
The production of coffee from areas outside the Blue Mountains, at lower elevations, has recently been encouraged by local authorities in an attempt to bolster the production of coffees to be labeled as Blue Mountain blends to maximize commercial output for export as well as to support the local demand for coffee consumption.
Bourbon, Typica, Blue Mountain
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