Well, that’s at least my own opinion anyways. I’m sure there’s people out there who love the blend, but after tracking down an authentic (and expensive) bag of Jablum beans, I was a little disappointed.
In my opinion, I would describe Jamaican Blue as a very “light,” “floral” coffee, with a rather weak finish. Likely the roast didn’t stand up to my brewing method of choice (chemex), and didn’t have the excess of body needed to survive the heavy paper filters.
I’ve heard people rave about these kinds of beans in the past, but I just don’t get it. There’s a really interesting story to them, how they are harvested from a mountain in Jamaica, but beyond that, they aren’t too inspiring. The packaging it comes in looks kind of cool, but it’s a pain in the butt ripping the netting off, and there wasn’t a “roasted date” anywhere on the bag.
Overall, I’ll likely never buy these beans again, and I’ll stick with my regular purchase these days: the Sidama beans from Detour Coffee Roasters. They supply Dark Horse with their own blend, and are just amazingly roasted.