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Jablum Coffee Company

At the Blue Mountain hamlet of Mavis Bank, on the trail to Blue Mountain Peak, is the Jablum Coffee Company. The nearly 100-year-old company is famous for its Blue Mountain coffee, and if they are interested visitors can tour the working factory to watch the production process along with sampling the brew. Tours must be arranged in advance. The coffee factory was built in 1923 and has remained a family-run business for generations. The production of Blue Mountain coffee dates back to the early 18th century when, in 1728, coffee seedlings were first brought to Jamaica by the British Governor. The plant thrived in the Blue Mountain region and the trade was enthusiastically cultivated by freed slaves who started new lives in the mountains. Today, Blue Mountain coffee is highly acclaimed and sought-after by coffee aficionados the world over. Mavis Bank is a sleepy rural town which feels like it hasn't changed much over the decades and has a beautiful natural setting. The Jablum Coffee Company sells a variety of coffee merchandise (including antique coffee grinders and mills) and a visit is a treat for coffee lovers. Coffee is one of the best souvenirs to buy in Jamaica.

Address: Mavis Bank

Website: www.jablumcoffee.com/

Telephone: 977 8015

Opening times: Open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm

Admission: US$8 for tour (by appointment only)