Caribbean

Jamaica

A coffee with its own brand

Jamaica country with quality in green coffee for roasting

What you should know about Jamaica as a coffee origin

  1. It is one of the seven coffee origins that make up the Puro Caribe coffee geography.
  2. It has 4 coffee regions, each with a similar and stable cup profile.
  3. 100% of its production is of the Arabica species (coffea arabica)
  4. 2.79% of the cultivated land, 1,823,403 hectares, is planted with coffee trees.
  5. 2.6% of the cultivated land, 8,500 hectares, is planted with coffee trees.
  6. The most cultivated arabica varietals are Típica, Caturra and Geisha.
  7. Smallholder production with the help of cooperatives that influence production.
Recolectora de café cogiendo cerezas de café del cafeto
Vistas a campo de cerezos de café de Blue Mountain, Jamaica.
  1. It has a Protected Designation of Origin – PDO and a Geographical Indication – GI: Blue Mountain.
  2. At Mare Terra Coffee we import and distribute the quality of Blue Mountain coffee produced in Jamaica.
  3. It is the 46th largest coffee producer in the world.
  4. The cultivation of coffee began in its territory at the beginning of the 18th century
  5. Harvests coffee from January to April and exports coffee from April to June .
  6. The traditional and most entrenched method of processing coffee is called Lavado
  7. Most coffee plantations in Jamaica are cultivated between 600 and 2,000 meters above sea level.
  8. The standard size of green coffee barrels in Jamica is 70, 30 and 15 kilos.
  9. The four main importing countries of Jamaican coffee are: United States, Germany, Japan, and China.

46º

World Producer

4

Coffee Regions

15

Thousand Coffee Growers

8,5

Thousand Hectares with Coffee Trees

The altitude of its crops and the strict quality controls are the success of the Jamaican coffee flavors.

Coffee cultivation in Jamaica

Jamaica is part of the Greater Antilles with a topography ofaños terrain where the most important peak of the country is located, giving its name to its coffee: the Blue Mountain Peak. The territory is surrounded by the coast and its interior is made up of tropical rainforests and swamps.

The island has three generalized ecosystems: aquatic, marine and terrestrial. In the terrestrial ecosystems we find wet and dry forests along with caves, rivers and wetlands, all ecosystems are home to fauna and flora.

Jamaica’s crops are nourished by fertile volcanic soils that are rich and porous so they drain well and facilitate coffee and other crops.

Hot and humid tropical country, often favored by the trade winds.

In the mountainous areas, rainfall is abundant and temperatures average 5ºC, which make up the ideal situation for the cultivation of green coffee.

Manos sujetando cerezas de café

The coffee economy has been relevant since the beginning of the XVII century. At present, and after going through many adversities, the country has an economic stability, growth and evolution towards the coffee culture.

Jamaica envisions a future of knowledge and development in the coffee industry; its coffee is the attraction of many investors and importers from the rest of the world.

  • Coffee accounts for 11% of total Jamaican exports
  • Coffee’s contribution to Jamaica’s agricultural GDP is 4.25%.
  • The average farm size per farmer is 4 to 7 hectares.
  • The equity rate in coffee production in Jamaica is 7 to 3 (70% men and 30% women).
  • The average age of coffee growers is between 41 and 54 years old.

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Jamaica, blue coffees blown by trade winds

Jamaican coffee growers manually work the harvests where they dedicate all their efforts to achieve a branded coffee.

Jamaica is the cradle of European and African cultures, it is a country that lives in harmony to the rhythm of reggae with an integrated philosophy in its society, the motto of Jamaica for the natives is ‘ Out of many, one people’, this motto echoes the multicultural roots of the population.

To speak of Jamaica is to speak of its blue mountains, a scenic icon of the island that is surrounded by coasts and extensive coffee plantations.

Jamaican coffee is an international tourist attraction, characterized by its intense aroma with a balance between acidity and smooth body.

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