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Jamaica: Compared to major producers such as Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia, Jamaica produces a yearly crop which is the fraction of the size of those of coffee giants due to its minuscule growing regions. Although Jamaica’s most famous coffee is Jamaica Blue Mountain, the nation also produces other varieties, including Jamaica Prime, High Mountain Supreme and Jamaica Select. 

Jamaica Blue Mountain: Known for being packaged in iconic wooden barrels, Jamaica Blue Mountain is one of the most sought-after coffees in the world. This variety has been lionised for its hefty price tag and scarcity. Blue Mountain coffee is grown in a small growing region north of Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. At high altitudes between 3000 and 5500 feet, low clouds keep the coffee plants moist while the surrounding jungle provides coolness. Combined with the nation’s level of rainfall and soil type, these factors have resulted in a completely unique growing environment in which the coffee plants take twice as long to mature. Jamaican Blue Mountain is often described as sweet with a clean finish, completely lacking bitterness.

Java: One of the most celebrated varieties of Indonesian coffee, hailing from the island of Java. The Dutch first brought coffee to Indonesia during the 16th century, and today the area produces both Robusta and Arabica beans, with the latter being grown at elevations of up to around 4500 feet. Generally speaking, Java coffees are sweet on the palate and sometimes have smoky or spicy overtones. Some Java coffees are aged for up to three years, which makes for a strong flavour with low acidity. 

Jinotega: A variety of Nicaraguan coffee. Jinotega is the main growing region of Nicaragua and, like most other coffees from the region, it produces beans that have a sweet and well-rounded flavour.