Jamaica Coffee 101: Is It Worth The Hype?

Coffee is the world’s most popular hot drink, prepared from roasted coffee beans. According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO), coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil, with consumption listed at half a trillion cups per year. Humans have been drinking coffee for its stimulant properties for over one thousand years. Coffee beans were first introduced to Jamaica in 1728, and since then has had a long and intricate relationship with Jamaica’s culture and economy. Today we take a look at Jamaica’s coffee industry and figure out if Jamaican coffee is worth the hype or not.

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10 Unique Food Experiences You Can Only Have in Jamaica

To travel is to eat. Jamaica has a rich melting pot of people, reflected in the island’s motto ‘Out of Many, One People.’ You can bet that this ethnic diversity is reflected in Jamaica’s cuisine too. The best way to experience the island is by eating your way around it, and tasting all the exotic fruits, dishes and liquors. Today, let’s take a look at ten unique food experiences you can only have in Jamaica. How many have you had?

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Lime Tree Farm, Saint Andrew

Lime Tree Farm is an eco-friendly farm and lodging set in the delightful Blue Mountains 3,400 feet above sea level. Run by an affable couple Rodger and Tifony Bolton, visiting their farm is like visiting the home of friends where the air is cool and crisp, the views divine and the tranquility just what the doctor ordered. You’ll feel as if time moves a little slower here. Set in rural Saint Andrew, this is Coffee Country so you can bet that coffee is the main crop.

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Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival, Saint Andrew

Jamaica’s Tourism Linkages Network through the Ministry of Tourism is on to something big with this one. The inaugural Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival is a three-day weekend affair with the main event taking place on Saturday March 24 at the cool historic military training centre of Newcastle in the Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park (BJCMNP).

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