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Old 06-11-2007, 10:04 AM
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I 'd like to know coffee prices in Caribbean Islands, is good drinking coffee available? and how about prices???
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:07 AM
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Not sure what islands you're visiting, but if it's Jamaica, they have some good coffee. It's about $6/lb. to purchase and around $1.50+ for a cup. The other islands I've visited have coffee, but nothing extra special. San Juan makes some really strong coffee, very bitter. The best coffee is in Hawaii-the Kona coffee and it's pretty pricey.
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The famous coffee in Jamaica is called Blue Mountain. I remember it wasn't cheap, but it was nice to bring home something from the island.
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Most of the island's mountains are not much more than 3,000 ft. At that level only Robusto beans grow and in the industry we call it "scrub" coffee because most of the nutrient goes into the plant and not into the fruit. Mountain Grown, truly is the richest kind (as Mrs. Olson used to say(, however between 7,000 and 10,000 feet is where it does best.

Jamaican Blue Mountain is good, but like Kona has a short season.

It is a question much like the "which ship is best" question because it mostly about personal taste. If you are daring or you like to experience new tastes, you may want to try the coffee grown in the Caribbean. Penny made her observation on Puerto Rican coffee, which I think is a pretty accurate point.
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:24 PM
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One thing to note about buying Blue Mountain coffee in Jamaica...please don't buy the stuff you find in the t-shirt shops and other souvenir stores. This stuff is most likely old and not something worth what they charge. It is a better idea to simply buy it from a reputable coffee shop at home or from a known internet source. Someplace with a good turnover of their inventory.

Me? I am pretty much a 100% Colombian man although I sometimes buy some grown in Africa.
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:03 PM
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Dave, Kenya coffee is like gold to me. That's one coffee you don't dark roast. Too many subtleties to be missed.
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Yes, Kenyan is great. I also like Ethiopian Yrgacheffe. As a foodie, I often find myself buying cookbooks at Jessica's Biscuit. They sell coffee too - sometimes I get a free bag if my book purchase is large enough.
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:56 PM
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I've never seen Jessica's Biscuit but I'll bet it's a sight to behold. The imagery reminds me of Mr. O. Haven't seen him in a while. Anybody know what happened to him. A world cruise maybe?
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Old 06-11-2007, 03:02 PM
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Neil,

I hate to ruin your image of Jessica's Biscuit, but it is a website. I guess they have a store but I have never been there. Jessica's Biscuit.

BTW - there is a reason for the odd name. Look for it.
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I'm not ruining my mental image by viewing your link. I thought maybe the pic Mr. O posted a while back in the torn jeans was a gal named Jesica. Now that's a biscuit!
 
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