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Old 03-23-2024, 11:01 AM
 
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“Blue Mountain Coffee — the most delicious in the world.” says James Bond (via author Ian Fleming) in Live and Let Die.

Blue Mountain coffee is usually >$50/pound. I'd always wondered if it was that much better than coffee in the <$20/pound price range. Or if was just hype like "shaken not stirred". So my roaster was selling half-pound quantities and I decided to taste for myself.

Made a cup this AM. I work from beans, grind just before brewing and use a French Press. Water heated to 200F. Overall there is no bitterness to speak of. Very smooth. The acidity level is very nice. That said, the flavor profile is very weak. None of the advertised flowery, herbal note. Good coffee; not a great coffee. Not worth $50/pound. IMHO.

Others experience??
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Old 03-23-2024, 12:57 PM
 
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Coffee is very much a matter of personal taste.

In the 1990's I tried Jamaican Blue Mountain and found it to be underwhelming and overpriced. At that time I was a huge fan of expensive ($65 a pound) but incredibly satisfying 100% Hawaiian Kona Whole Bean from Gloria Jeans. As an alternative, Kenyan Arabica Whole Bean from Starbucks proved to be a good balance of flavor and value ($12 a pound). But times change. You can't get Kenyan from Starbucks anymore, the Gloria Jean's near me closed, and I've been informed on this sub-forum that the growers in Hawaii changed up their coffee plantings in the 2000's, switching from a Guatemalan coffee species to a lesser species that provides a higher yield but a lesser coffee (IMO). I've been finding very palatable coffees from smaller brands, but none that have equaled true Kona from back in the day.

Note that Ian Fleming wrote the novel Live and Let Die back in the 1950's. Perhaps at that time Jamaican Blue Mountain really was that good. Or maybe Ian was just rallying around the Union Jack, due to Jamaica being a British colony at the time.
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Old 03-24-2024, 06:29 AM
 
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I just now remembered...Ian Fleming lived in Jamaica from 1946 until his death in 1965. More possibility that he was rooting for the home team.
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Old 03-24-2024, 01:51 PM
 
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Coffee is very much a matter of personal taste.

In the 1990's I tried Jamaican Blue Mountain and found it to be underwhelming and overpriced. At that time I was a huge fan of expensive ($65 a pound) but incredibly satisfying 100% Hawaiian Kona Whole Bean from Gloria Jeans. As an alternative, Kenyan Arabica Whole Bean from Starbucks proved to be a good balance of flavor and value ($12 a pound). But times change. You can't get Kenyan from Starbucks anymore, the Gloria Jean's near me closed, and I've been informed on this sub-forum that the growers in Hawaii changed up their coffee plantings in the 2000's, switching from a Guatemalan coffee species to a lesser species that provides a higher yield but a lesser coffee (IMO). I've been finding very palatable coffees from smaller brands, but none that have equaled true Kona from back in the day.
Pretty much any food is a matter of personal taste, but I get your point.

As a comparison I'm having a Burundi AA Kirimiro bought from the same roaster, same light roast, roasted on the same day. The Burundi has a tinge of bitterness that is not present in the JBM. But the Burundi has a much stronger flavor profile with layers of cocoa and spice. Overall I like the Burundi ($17) better than the $50/pound JBM.
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Old 03-24-2024, 06:22 PM
 
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“Blue Mountain Coffee — the most delicious in the world.” says James Bond (via author Ian Fleming) in Live and Let Die.

Blue Mountain coffee is usually >$50/pound. I'd always wondered if it was that much better than coffee in the <$20/pound price range. Or if was just hype like "shaken not stirred". So my roaster was selling half-pound quantities and I decided to taste for myself.

Made a cup this AM. I work from beans, grind just before brewing and use a French Press. Water heated to 200F. Overall there is no bitterness to speak of. Very smooth. The acidity level is very nice. That said, the flavor profile is very weak. None of the advertised flowery, herbal note. Good coffee; not a great coffee. Not worth $50/pound. IMHO.

Others experience??
Similar. A friend at work brought me a small packet, enough for one pot, from his trip to Jamaica. It was very good, and I enjoyed it, but not $50 a pound's worth.
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Old 04-05-2024, 08:20 AM
 
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I always thought it was a big upgrade in smoothness and no acidity over regular coffee. Nice occasional buy but I don’t buy it often. Always buy the certified brands though, as there is a lot of false advertising out there.
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Old 04-05-2024, 11:09 AM
 
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Similar. A friend at work brought me a small packet, enough for one pot, from his trip to Jamaica. It was very good, and I enjoyed it, but not $50 a pound's worth.
Yeah, it would have to be some life-changing coffee to be worth $50/lb ;-).
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Old 04-05-2024, 03:01 PM
 
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Yeah, it would have to be some life-changing coffee to be worth $50/lb ;-).
Then I shan't tell you how much my preferred cognac costs.
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Old 04-11-2024, 09:08 AM
 
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A pound of whole bean can last quite awhile so not a big deal
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