So you love that steaming grande of espresso from Starbucks? Question, do you have any idea where the beans came from? Well, as a certified caffeine addict that petty information has to be essential because it is very much critical for you to be branded as one. Kidding aside, most of the cafés right now use Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee since it is noted for its mild flavor that will not palpitate your heart after finishing it and it also has a lack of bitterness which makes you crave for more.
It would also be good to look into the history of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. It was in 1728 that then Governor of the country, Sir Nicholas Lawes, brought the first russet plants. Initially, it was cultivated in the foothills of Saint Andrew but soon after, the plantations stretched deeper into the fertile rugged areas. It was then harvested and today, is now a thriving industry that even if it has experienced a lot of situational wavelengths, is very much active.
Between 1800 and 1840, they were able to produce 70, 000 tons of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee on an annual basis, making them the largest manufacturer of its kind. In 1838, slavery was entirely abolished which also followed the end of a lot of farms since there were no more workers whom the owners can ask to do the cultivation and collection. It was also the period where a lot of farmers who once were tenants of another’s property, cleared the available hillsides and made it into their own. From there, they started their means of livelihood which also gave them their own lot for residential.
By 1891, the making of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee was in utmost disarray so the legislators issued a bill that enabled their natives to provide manuals in the art of agriculture as well as in curing the certain districts by professional instructors. The attempt to recuperate the condition did not succeed but it continued to attract the Canadian market and even resisted having it as unacceptable. By 1944, the government founded a Clearing House in charge of the product that they have been already internationally known. It functioned in following- up all those that have been processed for exports since it would also boost their economic status as it will be exported to foreign nations.
Such a step was a positive factor as it paved the way for quality improvement. However, the hurricane in 1951 damaged a lot of plantations that only three remained which they call as pulperies. With what happened, it did not stop them to revive the progress so there was an Industry Board that was formed to make guidelines in whatever aspect it will cover.