Farm: Clifton Mount
Region: St. Andrew's Parish, Jamaica
Roasting Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.
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The Classic Island Coffee. Mild and sweet with a soft acidity. Hazelnut, Chocolate, cedar, and toast.
Clifton Mount is one of the oldest and highest elevation coffee farms in Jamaica. Located on the Eastern slope of Catherine's Peak at 1300m, Coffee Production started here in the 1790's. Currently operated by the Sharp Brothers, Richard and Jason who began revitalizing the property in the 1980's, They consistently produce some of the best Jamaican coffees, and the only Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee in Jamaica.
They also operate the a partner farm at 1000m with Gonzalo Hernandez of Coffea Diversa. The rare Bourbon Rey variety we featured a few months ago was from this farm which received 93 points on Coffee Review. Their highest score ever for a Jamaican Coffee.
This coffee is from the Classic Typica variety which comprises almost all Blue Mountain coffee production. But is a less commonly seen Peaberry selection. A lot of Blue Mountain coffee these days has the fruit mechanically scrubbed off, with "demucilaging' equipment vs fermentation. Clifton Mount still uses traditional fermentation. resulting in a very balanced, rounded cup.
Jamaican coffee is a reflection of a different time, when great coffee was defined by first of all being clean and approachable vs poor quality coffee that was and still is often bitter with distracting unpleasant flavors. This is not an outrageous coffee like Geisha variety and naturals that are the darlings today of the coffee industry. But an excellent example of the Classic washed coffee profile. Less one to contemplate its myriad flavors than one to simply enjoy on a cool afternoon while reading a book or catching up with a old friend.