When it comes to the most sought-after types of coffee in the world, the Jamaican Blue Mountain varietal is often placed at the top of the list. Known for its sweet, floral taste, bright acidity and lack of bitterness, authentic Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the rarest and most expensive coffees available.
However, did you know that the Blue Mountain varietal grows in other regions around the world? It’s true! From Kenya to Kona and most importantly right here at Kauai Coffee, Blue Mountain coffee thrives in volcanic soil and at higher altitudes which makes the 3,100 acres and diverse microclimates of the Kauai Coffee farm a perfect home for this delicious and valuable varietal.
Jamaican Blue Mountain History and Growing Region
Authentic Jamaican Blue Mountain can be one of the most expensive coffees in the world because of it’s scarcity. Introduced to Jamaica in the early 1700s, Authentic Jamaican Blue Mountain comes from a small region of the Blue Mountains on the eastern side of the island and grows at an elevation of 2,000 to 5,500 feet above sea level. The cool mountain temperatures, volcanic soil, and abundant rain give Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee its distinct flavor. Cultivation of this specialty coffee is carefully monitored and globally protected by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica and only coffees from this specific region can be certified authentic and labeled as such.
Kauai Blue Mountain Coffee
The Blue Mountain varietal was introduced to Kauai Coffee in 1990. The seeds were collected from the University of Hawaii varietal trial plot, and a single field was planted at Kauai Coffee in collaboration with the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center. Originally the Blue Mountain seeds were obtained from Jamaica. Once they were grown and established on our farm the name was changed to Kauai Blue Mountain. The Blue Mountain variety is originally from Typica ancestry, but the Kauai Coffee is unique because it has other varietal influence crossbreeding early in its development.
Kauai Blue Mountain is a whole bean, dark roast with mild fruit and floral flavors and brightness. It is available in our highly selective Estate Reserve line up of 100% Kauai Coffee at the Visitor Center and our website. Sign up for a subscription to get Kauai coffee delivered directly to your door.
More Coffee Varieties to Love
Did you know there are more than 100 species of coffee across the world? Arabica and Robusta are the two most prominently used to make the caffeinated concoction we all love. Blue Mountain is just one of the many varieties of Arabica Coffee growing around the world. In fact, Kauai Coffee is the largest coffee estate in the United States with 4 million trees planted on nearly 3,000 acres of volcanic soil. We grow Arabica coffee and cultivate several varieties including, Acaia, Red and Yellow Catuai, Kauai Blue Mountain, Mundo Novo, Typica, and Yellow Bourbon.