Once upon a time in the Jamaica Blue Mountains
As a boy Edgar could not have realized the importance of the lessons he was learning from his uncle Keble, as together they walked the mountain slopes, but those lessons were well ingrained in Edgar. He not only learned how coffee is grown, cultivated, and processed, but he learned about the real heroes of the coffee industry; the coffee farmers.
“Having grown up in the Jamaica Blue Mountains, I witnessed first hand the coffee business at my grandparent’s home. As a child I played on the barbeque and swam in the fermentation tanks in the off season. As a teenager I spent weeks at their coffee factory where I witnessed all of the steps of processing coffee. These wonderful childhood memories ignited my passion for coffee.”
It was in 1885 that Edgar’s ancestor, Cecil Augustus Munn planted his first round of coffee plants on Strawberry Hill and began his family’s history of world class coffee.
The Arabica Typica variety that was introduced by Edgar’s ancestors still produces the Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee to this day. The combination of the magical micro-climate in this region with the Typica plants produce a coffee of outstanding quality and legendary status.
Visitors are drawn to Jamaica for a variety of reasons; the beautiful beaches, the laid-back life style of the islanders, and of course the incredible Blue Mountains. Filled with lush vegetation and jaw dropping views, the mountain range dominates the eastern third of the country. With the highest peak sitting at 7,402 feet, the Blue Mountain range spans 24 miles and borders the eastern parishes of Portland, St. Thomas, St. Mary, and St. Andrew to the south. Just below 5,500 feet lies a rich forest reserve, housing one Jamaica’s most valued assets; Blue Mountain Coffee trees. This fertile treasure was the playground where Edgar Munn grew up.
The family coffee business was taken over by Cecil’s son, Victor Munn and his wife Edna, Edgar’s grandparents. In about 1921, Victor founded Mavis Bank Central Factory.
The barbeques outside the Mavis Bank Factory where Edgar’s passion for coffee was ignited.
Victor’s nephew, Keble Munn, carried his family’s business further. He became Jamaica’s first Certified Cup Tester, and was the first person to export Blue Mountain Coffee to Japan. He was also a former Minister of Agriculture.
Early in the 1950’s a few of the local coffee farmers and producers helped form the licensing that regulated the coffee estates and production facilities. Among those instrumental in forming what became the Jamaica Coffee Industry Board, was Keble Munn. So great was his contribution to the industry and the farmers, that he received the Order of Jamaica, on Nov.4, 2007
“As an adult residing in the US, it was important to continue the rich family heritage of growing and processing the world’s finest coffee.”
Blue Mountain Coffee Inc continues to roast the highest quality of handpicked Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. This is only possible because of the micro farms and single estate coffee factories that partner with us and the close relationships and friendships we have built over the years.
We are licensed by JACRA to import green beans directly into the US and use the official registered trademark. We are proud to be the first ones licensed to do that and to have enjoyed a fine reputation among our peers for many years.
When you drink Blue Mountain Coffee you are helping support thousands of people and local farmers. To many it is just a cup of coffee, but to us at Blue Mountain Coffee Inc it is generations of tradition and we are honored to continue the rich heritage that was instilled into Edgar as a child.
We are so proud of our partners in Jamaica and humbled that our personal long-term relationships have blossomed into strong friendships over the decades.
Coffee is in our blood. We know great coffee and we want others to experience that. We love sharing the magic that is Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.
Chuck and Edgar’s friendship developed from their professional working relationship as banker and client. So much so, that in November 1st 2018, Chuck quit his job in banking and joined forces with Edgar to ensure the extraordinary legacy that he had built continues.
Drinking Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee turns a simple habit into an everyday luxury that is an experience in itself.
We are passionate about connecting you with the finest coffees in the world as once you taste the difference, your world is enhanced and there is no going back.
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