Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Jablum story part 2

 Today I am proud to be Jamaican

Mavis Bank remains a place where time seems to stand still. It is a corner of the world where modern conveniences sit quietly amid unspoiled terrain, where simple sounds and the slightest temperature changes are amplified. Favored by the ultimate combination of the ideal altitude, mineral-rich soil, gentle cloud cover, mountain shade and ample sunlight, the berry grown in the Blue Mountains takes longer than other to mature. More time, some claim, for its rich flavor and aroma to develop. Others argue, for its signature character to evolve.
     Coffee aficionados agree- the JABLUM taste is wonderfully exotic- a balanced medley of fleeting richness, sweetness and tempered acidity. But it is the lingering experience, the haunting aftertaste that still defies description. JABLUM's coffee experience, after all, has been cradled in well-guarded tradition for generations.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Who like a little fruit in there coffee ?

 Have your Gloria Jean the way you want it

I'm not really a fan of fruity flavored coffees like raspberry chocolate frappa-mocha-cina or french vanilla twist or what-have-you, but occasionally I do like a hint of hazelnut in my cup of joe, and Gloria Jean's Hazelnut K-Cups handily fill the bill. The hazelnut taste is fairly subtle, blending well with the rich flavor of the coffee. I've tested brewing on all 3 settings on our Keurig, and prefer the medium and large cup settings in terms of coffee strength.

Buying these on Amazon ends up cheaper than pretty much anywhere else (yes, even cheaper than Bed, Bath and Beyond with the coupons) and the frustration free packaging is great. Open up the box with your bare hands (no wasteful shrink wrap to throw away or hard plastic that needs to be cut with a knife), and fold the box up for recycling when you're finished.

This is my second time ordering this set from Amazon and it won't be my last. And writing about it reminded me how good it is so I've just gone and made myself another cup!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Jablum story part 1

Up in the lofty Blue Mountains of eastern Jamaica, where daybreak must sift through the early morning mist, lies Mavis Bank, a small rural town. This is the site of Jamaica's exalted "black gold", the home of the Mavis Bank Central Factory, the domain of the world's beloved Blue Mountain Coffee, JABLUM.

    The Mavis Bank Factory was built on just five acres of land in 1920, when Victor C. Munn, an English planter and processor, established what would become a family business for generations. But the origin of Blue Mountain Coffee dates further back to the early 18th century when, in 1720, a few precious Arabica coffee seedlings were brought from Hispanola by the British Governor in Jamaica. This gave birth to coffee cultivation on the island, but its subsequent extraordinary growth could be attributed to the diligence of Haitian coffee growers who fled their island during its 1790 revolutions, and the enterprise of newly freed Jamaican slaves who retreated to the quiet of the Mountains to start new lives. The latter, now free to cultivate crops on their own lands, immediately claimed their share of the coffee trade. One thing had become clear to those who settled in the area- the coffee berry grown in the Blue Mountains was unlike any other. The Blue Mountains slowly became the focal point of those who began to take notice of the unique special qualities of the coffee produced there. Indeed, the dedicated farmers who cultivate the coffee berry boast of a long lineage between their families and the JABLUM's Blue Mountain Coffee.

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More on the lovely K-Cup

Introducing the new 50 count K-Cup package from Timothy's World Coffee. The same top quality coffee K-Cups are now available in a single 50-count package exclusively on This new larger package optimizes for our customers. It is more efficient resulting in both a lower cost and a green sensibility, given the reduced waste. You can find this package on our most popular K-Cups including Midnight Magic, Breakfast Blend, Kona Blend, Rainforest Extra Bold Espresso, and Decaf Columbian. So go ahead and explore all the great K-Cup varieties in the new 50-count package. 


K-Cup Brewing Process
The K-Cup brewing process allows you to make the perfect cup of gourmet coffee -- every time. No more guessing how much water or how many beans to grind, and best of all no more mess! Timothy's ensures that coffee is sealed immediately into individual K-Cup, protected from air and light until you brew them -- all you need to do is insert your K-Cup, hit the button and allow the Keurig machine to brew your next cup of gourmet coffee.

Remeber the K-Cups

Currently, this is the only K-Cup 50 pack listed as "mild" on Amazon. I was expecting something with only a little flavor and bitterness, but these K-Cups surprised me. They're not as strong as the bold or extra bold flavors, but the difference is reasonably subtle. They're certainly not bland or tasteless. Also, they do taste to me a little sweet and smoky - just as they are described above.

A note about packaging: when I bought a Coffee People 50 pack from Amazon, the K-Cups came in only one box - a thick, corrugated cardboard Coffee People box. Amazon just stuck the mailing labels on the box and gave it to USPS. When this coffee arrived, the K-Cups were in a thin Timothy's cardboard box, which Amazon had put inside one of their standard corrugated cardboard boxes. The upshot is that these Timothy's 50 packs are mailed double-boxed, unlike the Coffee People 50 packs, and so it seems less likely that the Timothy's 50 packs will get damaged in the mail.