“ Type: Whole Bean Coffee „
I'm not really a big fan of coffee, it's only when the mood strikes that I'll actually fancy a cup. Obviously someone doesn't know me that well, because for my birthday I received a coffee giftset from Whittard of Chelsea which included this Blue Mountain Jamaican. I'd never heard of it before, but after doing some reading on the Whittard website I learnt that it was supposed to be one of the nicest coffees money can buy! After reading that I just had to give it a try.
From the Wallenford Estate in Jamaica, part of the reason this coffe tastes so good is down to the optimal growing conditions. It gets just the right amount of sun and rain, the soil is fertile and the coffee bushes are known for growing great beans.
When I first opened the packet, the aroma of the coffee hit me in the face! It was smooth and had an almost creamy smell. The coffee is very mild and although the smell was strong and delicious it wasn't overpowering. Sometimes I find that strong coffees can make my eyes water, but the only thing watering here was my mouth!
It can be brewed using a number of different coffee makers - cafetiere, filter or espresso, although espresso isn't really recommended due to the mild taste. I made mine in a cafetiere which is very easy to use. Simply put the correct amount of coffee into the cafetiere (depending on the size you are using), add off the boil water - this is very important as you don't want to scorch the coffee as this will make it taste burnt, stir and leave for 3 - 4 minutes, plunge and serve.
A lot of coffee connoisseurs don't add milk to their coffee as they believe it detracts from the taste, but I'm not a connoisseur so I do! The first think I noticed was again, the smell. Smooth with almost honey type undertones. The taste was as good as the smell suggested. Light and creamy, there was none of the bitterness often associated with ground coffee.
I thoroughly enjoyed my cup of coffee and have since experimented with different ways of brewing. I found it made a brilliant latte, but I was disappointed with the cappucino it made, the coffee got a bit lost underneath all of the frothy milk.
Upon looking on the Whittard website I've just realised exactly how expensive the coffee is - £12 for 125g or if you buy 500g they reduce the price from £48 to £43.20. It either comes as beans, ideal if you have your own grinder, or they will grind it to your specifications at no extra charge.
In summary, I really enjoyed this coffee, but due to the hefty price tag it will be something I buy on special occasions or let others buy for me!
Wittard Blue Mountain Coffee - ok, so I'm reviewing a product which can no longer be purchased...but this isn't quite the case....
Being a big coffee drinker, from the vending machine trash at work (it's free) to the specialist stuff ordered on the internet...I just love the stuff! Until 6 months ago, I'd never heard of Blue Mountain coffee. One Sunday after dinner round at my parents my dad offered me a cup. A friend had bought him a bag of this specific coffee on a recommendation and insisted he would really enjoy it.
Taking a good whiff, it smelt like average coffee, not particularly strong, no distinct spices or added sweetness (caramel etc...) It just smelt like standard coffee.
Again, nothing special here... Boil kettle, 2 decent heaped tea spoons of coffee into the caffetierre, add hot but not boiling water (or it tastes bitter), stand for 3 minutes and sever with warm milk. This is the major difference.... if you take sugar in your coffee you can reduce it by 1 spoon. I usually have 1 sugar, but with Blue Mountain I don't have any. It's a naturally sweet coffee (which some may not like) due to the method and ground it grown in.
The flavour is very smooth and sweet, it doesn't taste like normal coffee with one sugar in it, the sweet flavour is different. The coffee when brewed produces a little extra froth compared to others, nothing like the head on a beer, just a bit more than usual.
Blue Mountain Coffee is a type of coffee stocked by many specialists. You'll struggle to find it in supermarkets (I have) but once you've tasted it you'll really notice a pleasant difference.
A true 'appellation' Jamaican from the Wallenford Estate where a perfect combination of climate soil, and amazing natural cloud cover helps to produce this exceptional sweet taste.