My friend Casey gave me a half pound of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans for Christmas, and today I performed a taste test against my favored Guatemalan Huehuetenango.  I first prepared a small pot of the Huehuetenango, grinding the beans fairly finely and making enough for five six-ounce cups (three ten-ounce cups).  I drank two ten-ounce cups to accustom myself to the flavor, and then set aside the third cup. Then I prepared a small pot of the Blue Mountain, as above.  I drank all three cups, and then finished with the third cup of the Huehuetenango as a final comparison.

Jamaica Blue Mountain

Overall, the Blue Mountain is a fine coffee, smooth with no bitterness and a touch of floral flavor.  But I did not find it to be superior to the Huehuetenango.  Perhaps it’s because both coffees are gown in volcanic soils at high altitudes, but, at least to me, they have a similar taste.  I appreciate the gift from my friend Casey, but I do not think the Blue Mountain is worth the exorbitant cost ($45 to $60 per pound).  I will stick to my Huehuetenango ( $17 per pound), and the comparable Costa Rican Tarrazu and Tanzanian Mbeya coffees, as well as the distinctive Ethiopian Yirgacheffe for a real change of pace.

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