Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee wins Great Taste Award


405 judges, including 38 food writers, input judges' comments over 50 judging days, from May through to the last week in July, including a week in Ireland, three days at the Royal Garden Hotel in London, specialist test centres for tea, filter coffee, espresso and olive oil with the remainder done at Guild HQ in Dorset.

Winning is important to the producers as it differentiates their products from the norm and means you, as the customer, have a guarantee that the products have a reliable seal of approval based upon great taste and not marketing.

10,000 products were submitted this year with only 125 foods achieving the three gold stars. Last year, no coffees were awarded three gold stars.

So, we are delighted and proud to announce that Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, roasted by Sea Island Coffee, received one Gold Star.

The Judges made the following notes about Jamaica Blue Mountain RSW Estate Peaberry coffee:

Interesting bean and reasonable roast. Very gentle with some chocolate liqueur note. Very mild fruit. Some salt flavours, perhaps even caramel. Some dried fruit notes upfront.

Representing just five percent of the Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee harvest, peaberry beans are special as they develop into one seed resulting in oval shaped beans. Some experts believe that peaberry is superior to normal flat beans, claiming there is a greater concentration of flavour in one whole round bean.

Produced with love and care by three old coffee farming families, namely the Langfords, Diekmans & Allgroves, on three estates; Resource, Sherwood Forest and Whitfield Hall, the farms range from 800 to 1,700 metres in elevation, with the main house, mill and patios dating back to 1797.

Perhaps the claims of the peaberry's superiority is true or it may simply be explained by the dedication to excellence demonstrated by the RSW Estate Jamaica Blue Mountain farming families. Anyway, this coffee is certainly an example of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee at its best; smooth and bold at equal turns with a rich, sweet finish and heady aroma.