When it comes to the most sought-after types of coffee, the Jamaican Blue Mountain varietal is often placed at the top of the list because it is one of the world’s rarest and most expensive coffees. 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, making the 3,100 acres and diverse microclimates of the Kauai Coffee farm a perfect home for this delicious and valuable varietal. Find out what makes this coffee unique, what it tastes like, and how to pair it with food like a pro.
Origin and History
Authentic Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee only comes from a small region on the eastern side of the island and grows at an elevation of 2,000 to 5,500 feet above sea level. Much like Kauai, the cool mountain temperatures, volcanic soil, and abundant rain give Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee its distinct flavor. Cultivation is carefully monitored and globally protected by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica, and only coffees from this specific region can be certified as authentic.
Kauai Blue Mountain Coffee
The Blue Mountain varietal was introduced to Kauai Coffee in 1990. The University of Hawaii collected Blue Mountain seeds from Jamaica and a single field was planted at Kauai Coffee in collaboration with the University and the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center. Once the field was established on our farm, the varietal name was changed to Kauai Blue Mountain, and our Estate Reserve Kauai Blue Mountain Coffee quickly became a customer favorite.
Kauai Blue Mountain Coffee is known for its sweet, floral taste, bright acidity, and lack of bitterness. Even though Kauai Blue Mountain Coffee is bright and acidic, it still has a heavy, full-bodied mouthfeel which is an unusual and intriguing combination of flavor and texture. Kauai Blue Mountain Coffee is a dark roast, so you can also expect nutty, chocolatey, and citrus notes.
The complex flavor profile makes it a versatile brew you can pair with a variety of sweet and savory dishes. Some of our favorites include:
- Pancakes with maple syrup and sage sausage – this classic breakfast combo has sweet, savory, and subtle herbaceous notes that will layer well with the bright and sweet notes in the coffee.
- Lemon poppy seed scones or muffins – the sharp citrus of lemon poppy seed confections make a great pair with the coffee’s zesty and bright notes.
- Double chocolate glazed doughnuts – A rich, dense chocolate pastry will contrast with the bright, acidic flavors in the coffee and bring out its richness.
Kauai Blue Mountain Coffee Reviews
Ready to try Kauai Blue Mountain Coffee? Here’s what some of our customers have to say.
Best Coffee I’ve Ever Tasted
“During a trip to Kauai, I discovered this great coffee plantation. I found Blue Mountain to taste the best among their products. Since returning to California, I’ve tried different brands, including local roasters, yet Blue Mountain remains my favorite. Writing this review after buying my first ever 5lb of coffee and couldn’t be happier.”
– Alexander, California
“Smooth as silk and very tasty! Very, very tasty!!!”
– Joey, Alabama
Best Coffee in Hawaii
“Kauai Blue Mountain Coffee is by far the best variety grown in Hawaii. It is the only coffee we serve in our home!”
– R., Hawaii
Love That Coffee!
“Fantastic flavor, rich, bold, add what ever adjectives you can think of to describe this coffee! It’s like a wave of flavor from paradise. To be honest I haven’t had a bad cup of coffee from the Kauai estate.” – H, Colorado
Kauai Blue Mountain
“Estate Reserve Blue Mountain is the ONLY coffee we drink at home ever since our first taste in November of 2014. Very smooth with a nutty flavor” – Patty, California
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