The April BeanBay saw the first ever barrel of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee go through CoffeeSnobs. *
We have had JBM before but not as good an estate and never a whole barrel so it was a landmark event in our short history.
Below are some pictures of said barrel.
At nearly $100/kg getting a sealed barrel of J.B.M. is the best way to know that the coffee you bought actually came from a legitimate source and is in fact what you were paying for.
First picture is the paper (certificate?) you find in the top of the barrel when you open it, the others are the top and side markings. *
Before you ask...
This barrel has now made its home at "The Snobbery" but we are open to ideas on what we should do with the next barrel that we come across.
Perhaps everyone who purchases a kilo from the next barrel gets a ticket.
Then hold a random draw of who wins it.
Postage might be an issue, but then again, you could always just give it
to me (unopened). ;-)
Itd fit perfectly in my (vision of) great cafe/roasterie. A whole row of wooden barrels filled with beans. ;D
Java "Loves the old look" phile
Is it anything like old rum barrels, put a bit of water in to soak out the rum/coffee?
IIRC Old Rum Barrels are actually once used Bourbon Barrels. Going on the rough looking construction of the JABLUM barrel there must be a shortage of Coopers in Jamaica..
Andy does the 1 on the lid designate grade 1?
Coopers? The barrel is actualy fairly well made, the photos show-up the 3rd band as being crook but the joins are all good and the handy work looks great for something that was never destined to hold liquid.
Not too sure what the one stamped on the top is for.
Its all grade one, that is all the Jamaican coffee board will allow for export from the 3 Blue Mountain farms so thats not it.
Might have been the first barrel from that lot?
I went ahead and roasted mine today - nervous as all hell, Lizzie and I split half a kilo each but I did not want to turn this lot to char!
http://cafe-grendel.blogspot.com/2007/05/jmb.html All the piccies are on the blog and this ;D means I am happy with the result. They roasted very cleanly and evenly and if they taste as good as they look then I am in for a treat.
I may stick my hand up for more.
Great looking roast Grendel.
I bet now the nerves have settled you are pretty happy with the result.
Thanks Andy - Now I just have to make sure I get the most of the 209 grams of coffee!
10 grams for cupping
50 grams for plunger
80 grams for 4 double shot ristrettos
60 grams for 3 piccolo lattes
9 grams to rule them all and in the darkness bind them (Or something like that).
You might want to allocate a bit more to plunger (or vac pot, if you have one). JBM really owes its reputation to drip coffee.
Hmmmmm Vac pot is one of the few brewing methods I dont have - The rationing also takes into account the need to take some up to a cafe I know of to try it there - I reckon I can free up 60 grams by abandoning the piccolo lattes - if I really want I can add a touch of milk to my plunger brew!
An old thread, yes, but this post doesnt warrant a new thread.
Like many, I thought that Jamaican Blue Mountain was probably the king of coffee in its hey day and deserved the high prices for it. Indeed, my first try of JBM was nice, but whats the fuss. My second cup, bought from a cafe that calls itself Jamaica Blue was even more underwhelming partly because of the poor brewing and, from what I understand, it wasnt necessarily JBM in the cup. I bought some in Viet Nam in 2009 and that was very disappointing.
Then in October, 2010 I had some JBM Mavis Banks Estate prepared in a syphon by Dennis from Cuppacoffee. Very nice indeed - thats more like it. But, Ive had coffee that has been at least as good that has cost much less.
Nevertheless, I bought a syphon and a kilo of JBM greens that day. On March 31 this year, I decided to roast my first ever batch of that lot: 500g in the KKTO, gently roasted to the very start of second crack at CS8.I was quite pleased with the results and made myself a Aeropress from it on Monday April 9.
Stunning coffee. I couldnt describe all the different flavours. It was quite similar to the best PNG Wahgi coffee I have tried, but different. There was a smoothness and balance that I dont usually get from the Wahgi. Not the best coffee Ive ever drank, but certainly memorable.
I wonder when the owners of the JBM plantations will finally decide that their coffee no longer deserves to command the high prices when there are superior lots of Cup of Excellence coffee sold for cheaper. Obviously there are people still prepared to pay those higher prices.