A wonderful super fresh lot! Luckily this time around Flamstead saved us more than 1 barrel so it should last a bit longer than the previous shipment (sold out in 7 days!).
In 1728, the Governor of Jamaica, Sir Nicholas Lawes introduced coffee seedlings in the parish of St. Andrew; coffee production was first reported at Flamstead, St. Andrew, in 1764. Flamstead pretty much is the original Jamaican Blue Mountain.
The Flamstead farm stands 3,300 feet above sea level and lies in an area traditionally associated with the production of high quality Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. It is oftentimes covered by the cool mists of the Blue Mountains.
In 2014, Flamstead Estate Management made the decision to replace mechanical washing with fermentation. The benefits experienced include favorable color results, improved body, and enhanced flavor. They are pioneers in the Jamaican industry with tray drying (also known as African Beds). The benefits are: less pre hulling, clean taste, gentler drying process. If done successfully the flavor is enhanced. This is the big part of why these beans shine over your traditional JBM.
All Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee must be certified by the coffee industry board of Jamaica. The regulations are very strict and much of the coffee is rejected.
Balanced chocolate tones with a bit of raised island acidity. A nice medium roast leaves a cool little semi-sweet caramel/toffee note. Darker roasts are a bit more traditional with this bean and get pretty creamy smooth chocolaty tones with just a finishing hint of unique JBM island character.
Best at a nice medium roast; this cup gets a real nice chocolaty tones with a little island spice. At a cinnamon roast level it can come out a little underdeveloped woody/earthy. Lighter side of a medium roast to as dark as you want to go is fantastic, clean sweet and developed nicely. I tend to like a quicker roast to a city + (strong light roast, lighter medium roast, however you like to say it) to see it shine, although many will like it a little better pushing closer to 2nd crack, depends on if you like a little acidic crispness to the cup.